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Small quakes shake Mt. Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state geologists say they’ve been watching a recent swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood. KGW-TV reports the quakes started Sunday evening and have been occurring right beneath Government Camp.

Geologists have recorded more than 30 tremors, with the largest a magnitude 2.3, barely big enough to feel. Ian Madin is the chief scientist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. He’s been tracking the quakes and says they seem to be occurring right alongside a recently discovered fault.

Now that geologists know there may be an active fault close to Government Camp, Madin says they can keep a closer eye on it.

Madin says this earthquake swarm is likely not tied to any volcanic activity.

Mount Hood is about 50 miles east of Portland.


Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/

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