OSU experts not concerned by 11 earthquakes

The largest quake hit at 7:45 Tuesday morning. It was recorded at 5.6, about 131 miles off the coast of Gold Beach.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 7:04 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 10:49 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Experts at Oregon State University said people should not be too concerned about the 11 earthquakes off the Oregon and California coast on Tuesday.

The largest one hit at 7:45 Tuesday morning. It was recorded at 5.6, about 131 miles off the coast of Gold Beach.

KEZI spoke with Andrew Meigs, a professor of geology at OSU. He said the earthquakes were moderate at best, and they are very common that far off the coast.

Meigs said the earthquakes shouldn't be a safety concern because of how far it was from land. He said he is not surprised by the number of quakes because there are usually aftershocks after the initial earthquake.

"Earthquakes will be recorded in and around in the area where this event occurred in the next hours, days, maybe weeks," Meigs said. "But it wasn't a very large earthquake so the period of time of which the associated earthquakes will occur is fairly short."

Meigs said while you can assume aftershocks will happen, earthquakes are very unpredictable.

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