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Those from Sherwood and beyond felt 'jolt' or two from Sunday quake

No damage caused by the quake, although a popular meme is circulating


by: FILE PHOTO BY RAY PITZ - No damage was reported in downtown Sherwood or any other part of the city related to Sunday night's quake. Residents across the area were rocked by a 3.3 magnitude earthquake on Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No injuries or damage was reported, but according to the USGS, the quake was felt as far away as Sandy and Battle Ground, Wash.

According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the quake was recorded at 8:33 p.m., Sunday, April 6 about 12.1 miles below the surface.

The small earthquake was centered about five miles northwest of Sherwood, near the Tualatin River along Southwest Scholls-Sherwood Road and Highway 210.

A 1.6 magnitude earthquake was reported 10 minutes earlier, according to the PNSN.(Image is Clickable Link) Two small earthquakes were reported along Southwest Scholls-Sherwood Road on Sunday night.

“We heard kind of suddely this loud crash, metallic maybe like a ladder falling down,” said Sherwood resident Peter Laughlin. “We looked, we couldn’t find anything.”

Laughlin said he figured out it was an earthquake when be began receiving text messages from his friends.

Longtime Old Town resident Odge Gribble said she felt the quake.

"At the time, I was standing up and my legs started to shake a little bit," said Gribble, who first thought maybe she was having some sort of medical incident. "The thought went through my mind... earthquake."

Still, Chris Wiley, who lives only three blocks behind the Target complex, said he heard nothing.

Mike Verkest, who lives near Hunter's Ridge, felt the quake as well, describing it as a "roll... kinda up and down three times."

About 21/2 miles southwest of Hunter's Ridge in the Woodhaven subdivision, Kelly Colson Rodden said her husband felt the quake as did Theresa Poublon Scott. And going a little further south to McConnell Road, Shelby Crecraft said she felt "a sharp jolt at our house."

Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall said that other then comments on Twitter and Facebook, he's heard very little talk about the earthquake. Public Works Director Craig Sheldon said he has heard no reports of any damage tied to the quake.

Meanwhile, Ty Hanlon, Sherwood Police Deparment spokesman, said the quake passed quietly without major concern from residents.

"Nothing happened," he said. "No calls. No damage. No excitement."by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This meme, or an alternate version of it, is making the rounds on the internet.

Although Rachel Schoening, owner of Fat Milo’s Family Kitchen in Old Town, doesn’t live in Sherwood, she said she felt a “jolt” at her Beaverton home.

Gribble said the last significant quake she can recall was the 5.6 "Spring Break Quake" of March 25, 1993, when dishes on the top shelf inside her former antique shop started to rattle.

Meanwhile, the quake proved a dream come true for researchers.

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(Sherwood Gazette editor Ray Pitz also contributed to this story.)




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