WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Cascadia Subduction shaker – 4.7 Richter Wednesday, 8am

4.7 Richter Earthquake Cascadia Subduction Zone 136 miles WSW of Gold Beach 8am Wednesday

4.7 Richter Earthquake
Cascadia Subduction Zone
136 miles WSW of Gold Beach
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NOAA reports a 4.7 Richter earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone early Wednesday morning, roughly 136 miles west southwest of Gold Beach, OR. The 4.7 Richter shaker was felt across a wide area, with two reports from Lincoln City.

The earthquake occurred very close to what is called the Cascadia Subduction Zone where an eastern moving Pacific tectonic plate is undercutting a stable North American plate. Geologists say every 300 to 600 years the Pacific plate jerks eastward and under the North American Plate causing a large earthquake capable of producing an earthquake and tsunami the size that struck western Japan in March of 2011.

Geologists say there is a 40% chance of a similar earthquake along the northwest American coast within the next fifty years.

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