43 magnitude earthquake reported near Mount St Helens

first_imgA man who lives off East Lucas Street in La Center reported this morning feeling the ground shake against his bare feet and items on his computer bounce around at about 10:36 a.m. for up to nine seconds.About 50 miles away, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting two earthquakes, including a 4.3 magnitude, six miles north of Mount St. Helens.“I travel every week,” said Jason Johnson of La Center. “I’ve been in a lot of earthquakes down in the San Diego area. I felt the ground shaking.”Karrie Humphries of Orchards emailed The Columbian, “I think we had a small earthquake.”As of about 11 a.m., 450 people from as far south as Portland and north to Randle reported having felt the earthquake, according to Leslie Gordon, a spokeswoman for U.S. Geological Survey. “It was felt very weak to light shaking,” she said.The 4.3 magnitude earthquake came first. It was 3.1 miles deep and occurred in the Mount St. Helens seismic zone at 10:35 a.m. A magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred two minutes later in the same area, at a depth of 1.7 miles.last_img read more