Earthquake gives Salem a wakeup call in action felt throughout the Willamette Valley

A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the area where a Friday morning earthquake likely was felt. The quake was centered near the Willamette Valley town of Lacomb.

Story by Les Zaitz — of the Salem Reporter

An earthquake centered south of the rural Willamette Valley community of Lacomb hit at 5:52 a.m. Friday, felt from Portland to Cottage Grove.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.4 magnitude earthquake was centered about nine miles southeast of Lacomb, an unincorporated community of about 700 people.

At such a magnitude, there typically is only minor damage but such a quake is often felt.

The Geological Survey said the magntitude “was jusat below the threshold for cell phone alerts to be delivered.”

Oregonians reported what they felt in posts to the Geological Survey’s tweet about the earthquake:

•”Knocked our toaster off our fridge in Lebanon.”

•”In Corvallis and felt it!”

•”Felt it in Happy Valley – sitting on my bed and it started shaking.”

•”I’m in Lebanon, it woke the whole house, pictures knocked off the walls.”