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Magnitude-3.8 quake reported in Southern Oregon

Jan 24, 2014

By The Associated Press

AGNESS — A magnitude-3.8 earthquake was reported early Friday in southwestern Oregon and was felt by residents in rural Curry County.

No damage or injuries were reported.

A U.S. Geological Survey report placed the epicenter of the 5:53 a.m. temblor 26 miles northeast of Gold Beach, near Agness, the end of the line for whitewater rafters floating the wilderness section of the Rogue River.

“I thought a tree fell and hit my deck,” Steve Berlant, owner of the Old Agness Store, told The Grants Pass Daily Courier.

Berlant said several people stopped by the store to ask if he had felt the temblor.

Harry Smedes, a professor in the environmental studies department at Southern Oregon University, said the temblor was minuscule in the scheme of earthquakes.

“A magnitude-3 quake is felt indoors by some people, and a magnitude-4 quake is felt by most people outdoors, with no structural damage,” he said. “This quake was between the two magnitudes, so no damage expected.”

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