4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Oregon Coast

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BANDON, Ore. – The sleepy town of Bandon got a rude awakening Sunday morning as a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit about 120 miles off the coastline.

The quake, which hit at 10:15 a.m., was centered 6.2 miles below the surface.

Scientists said this geological area sees many such earthquakes each year, without incident to the coast. A tsunami is likely only if the earth shifts vertically and that vertical shift is a rarity off the Oregon Coast, according to a source at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. 

This area between 120 and 200 miles off the Oregon Coast has seen a number of large quakes over the past two and a half years. It was hit with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Nov. 19, 2007; a 6.4 earthquake on Jan. 9, 2008; and two earthquakes a few miles apart, measuring 5.1 and 4.9, on March 3, 2008. No damage from these quakes was reported.