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A magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes just miles south of Molalla Wednesday night

Did you order a shake with those fries? Make sure you have enough for the entire mid-Willamette Valley.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:24 p.m., a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit 6.5 miles south of Molalla, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was located at the same location where the magnitude 5.6 "Spring Break Quake" hit on March 25, 1993. The 1993 epicenter was recorded at 45.035 degrees north and 122.606 degrees west, and the Dec. 13 epicenter was at 45.035 degrees north and 122.599 degrees west.

"Back in 1993, there was old brick building damage in downtown Woodburn," Manley said.

Though located south of Molalla, Wednesday's quake rippled around the region. U.S. Geological Survey users reported feeling it as far north as Longview, Washington and as far south as Eugene.

"We felt one small thump followed by a big thump like a vehicle had bumped the house," said John Manley, who lives on Highway 211 between Woodburn and Molalla. "Mild vibrations followed, but nothing major. Definitely a wake-up."

Molalla Pioneer and Canby Herald online readers reported feeling the earthquake in Molalla, Canby, Colton, Mulino, Salem, Silverton, Estacada, Gervais, Tigard, Wilsonville and more.

Did you feel the shake? Let us know.


Kristen Wohlers and Tanner Russ
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