Strong 6.0 earthquake struck off Oregon coast on February 14

The USGS reported that the quake off the Oregon coast on February 14, 2012 was felt as far away as San Francisco.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported on the evening of February 14, U.S. time, that a 6.0-magnitude earthquake had struck some 160 miles off the coast of Oregon.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The time in Oregon was 7:31 p.m. The quake struck at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) in the Pacific Ocean 159 miles west of Coos Bay, Oregon. The USGS reported that the quake was felt as far away as San Francisco, California.

6.0-magnitude quake February 14, 2012 off Oregon coast. Image Credit: USGS

Details of the Oregon quake follow:

Geographic coordinates: 43.536N, 127.380W
Magnitude: 6.0 Mw

Depth: 10 km
Universal Time (UTC): 15 Feb 2012 03:31:20
Time near the Epicenter: 14 Feb 2012 19:31:20
Local standard time in your area: 15 Feb 2012 03:31:20

Location with respect to nearby cities:
244 km (152 miles) WNW (282 degrees) of Bandon, OR
249 km (155 miles) W (276 degrees) of Barview, OR
250 km (155 miles) WNW (291 degrees) of Port Orford, OR
327 km (203 miles) NW (308 degrees) of Crescent City, CA
436 km (271 miles) WSW (241 degrees) of Portland, OR

The Oregon quake on February 14 followed a 5.6-magnitude quake in northern California a day earlier. This moderate-sized earthquake struck at 1:07 PST on February 13, 2012. It was located close to California’s border with Oregon and close to the Pacific coast, with an epicenter was close to the rural community of Weitchpec.

Bottom line: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Oregon coast on February 14, 2012.

Deborah Byrd