Earthquake Hits Near Scotts Mills

At 5:24 p.m. Wednesday a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit near Scotts Mills east of Silverton and south of Molalla.

The quake was felt from Salem to Vancouver. There were no reports of significant damage.

It’s the same area where the Spring Break Quake happened in 1993. That quake was strong with a magnitude of 5.6. It caused $26 million in damage.

It also put the State of Oregon on a track to plan for a major earthquake. That included better mapping of faults in the region, planning for a subduction zone quake off the Oregon Coast, planning for seismic retrofits of schools and other precautions.

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