SCOTTS MILLS Ore. -- The magnitude 4.0 earthquake that struck southwest of Molalla early Wednesday evening may have triggered memories for some longtime Oregonians.
That’s because Wednesday’s earthquake struck in nearly the same location as the stronger, and much more destructive, 1993 Scotts Mills earthquake. Based on the longitude and latitude locations, the earthquakes struck within a few miles of each other.
That quake, also known as the Spring Break Quake, registered a 5.6 on the Richter Scale early in the morning on March 25. It was the strongest earthquake in the Pacific Northwest in more than a decade. The tremor left behind $28 million of damage and six people were hurt.
Archive video: Shaking from 1993 earthquake
Fortunately, Wednesday’s shake was not as strong and there have been no reports of injury.
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"If you're really close to the epicenter area it's likely to give you a pretty good jolt, but this is not the type of earthquake that we would expect to see any damage associated with it," Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said about Wednesday’s quake. "Very typical quake for the Pacific Northwest."