Quake jolts Portland area: 'The whole house shook'

Quake jolts Portland area: 'The whole house shook'

PORTLAND, Ore. - A small earthquake rattled the Southwest Washington area early Monday morning.

"I live in Hazel Dell and I felt it, the whole house shook!" Joyce Scudder posted on the KATU News Facebook page.

A map on the US Geological Service website shows the 3.1 quake was centered under the Columbia River near Kelly Point Park in North Portland.

KATU News received several phone calls about the quake just after 6:15 a.m. No damage or injuries have been reported so far.

Geologist Scott Burns with Portland State University said the quake may be related to another small quake felt in the area on Sunday. That quake measured just 2.3 in magnitude.

Burns said quakes stronger than 2.5 can generally be felt. "It reminds us we live in earthquake country and that we need to be prepared," Burns said. "There should be very little damage if any from this," he added.

Dozens of people posted on KATU's Facebook page that they also felt the quake. "My mom felt it!" Courtney Ryan posted. "We live in Salmon Creek and felt the whole house drop with a loud boom and then the whole house shook."

"We are in Vancouver and felt everything shaking enough to wake us up. The dog also started barking. It lasted about 15 seconds or so," Summer Reed posted.