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Minor earthquake shakes Portland area

Associated Press

PORTLAND – A minor earthquake was reported Saturday that was felt in eastside neighborhoods and across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash.

The magnitude 2.7 quake occurred at 6:49 a.m. about nine miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No damage was reported.

About 60 people in Vancouver filed earthquake reports with a USGS Web site that also logged reports from La Center, Wash., and Portland suburbs Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Oregon City and West Linn. More than 200 people in Portland also filed reports with the Web site.

Donald Westhusing, who lives in southeast Portland, said he thought his wife had kicked the bed. “I had reached over to turn off the alarm and wham,” Westhusing said.

But he said he wasn’t sure it was an earthquake until he talked with his neighbor, Simon Harding, and asked if he had felt a jolt.

Harding, who has experienced earthquakes before, said it was “just one good shake.”

William Steele, seismology lab coordinator at the University of Washington, said he could not say for sure why the small quake attracted so much attention in the area, although he said some soils will amplify earthquakes.

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