Magnitude 4.2 quake off the coast of Oregon

July 15th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Earthquake measured 4.2 Richter struck off the coast of Oregon at Tuesday, July 15, 2008 , 04:29:04 UTC (Monday, July 14, 2008 at 07:29:04 PM AHDT)

Location of the earth quake was at 44.435°N and 129.826°W, a depth of 10 km. The epicenter of the earth quake is 455 km W from Yachats, 457 km W from Waldport, 458 km W from Newport, 536 km W from Eugene and 578 km W from Portland, Oregon.

The Oregon Coast is a geographical term that is used to describe the coast of the U.S. state of Oregon along the Pacific Ocean. Stretching 362 miles (583 km) from the city of Astoria to the California border, the Oregon Coast is unique in that the entire coast is public land. Oregon law prohibits private ownership of coastline property.

There are no large cities on the coast, mainly due to the lack of deep harbors with access to the inland agricultural areas. The largest metropolitan area consists of the bordering cities of Coos Bay and North Bend on the South Coast; the area has a population of approximately 25,000 people. The relative isolation of the coast from nearby large population centers has given the coast a reputation for being somewhat rustic, being a mixture of old logging towns, fishing villages, seasonal resorts, and artists’ colonies. Tourism and logging are the major industries on the coast. The coastal region’s popularity, combined with the fact that there is only one continuous highway along the coastline (U.S. Route 101) contributes to traffic along the coast being named the worst tourist traffic in the United States.

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