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Earthquakes Reported Southeast of Oregon

EARTHQUAKEMEDFORD, Ore. – The area near the borders of Oregon, California and Nevada has seen a cluster of earthquakes in the past 24 hours, but experts say the activity can be common in that area.

About 13 earthquakes have been recorded since Monday in Nevada, just south of Lake County. All of them have been small, ranging between 2.6 and 3.6 magnitude.

Experts said the area along the east side of the Cascades is one of the most seismically active areas in Oregon.

“Those areas are going to be much more active than what we have around here, just because of the nature of the faulting which they have,” said Mike Strickler, Geology Professor at Rogue Community College. “You get a lot of small earthquakes.”

Strickler said these earthquakes are not a sign of any other larger seismic activity along the west coast, because it is a different type of activity. In these cases, the plates are being pulled apart. Earthquakes in the Cascadia Subduction Zone in the Pacific Ocean are caused by plates crashing together.