Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Hits Oregon, No Damage Reported – ABC News
Some Oregonians woke on the Fourth of July to a significant jolt when a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Springfield and Eugene.
Hundreds of people reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the quake, which struck at 8:42 a.m. Saturday.
Usually, there isn’t any damage from quakes lower than magnitude 5.5, USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso said.
City of Springfield officials said they haven’t received any reports of damage from residents or to infrastructure.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office also said it had conducted well-checks on local businesses and no major damages or injuries were reported.
Sheriff’s officials said residents reported some mild impacts, including shaking furniture, an extremely loud explosion-type sound, items falling off walls and shelves, and woodpiles shifting.
The Oregon Department of Transportation, which conducted visual inspections of bridges in the Eugene-Springfield area, said there was no damage to any roadways or bridges.
The US Army Corps of Engineers said it too is doing routine inspections on the 13 Willamette Valley dams; no immediate damage has been reported.
The quake was centered about 12 miles east of Eugene. It was about 4 miles deep, which Caruso of the USGS says is considered shallow.