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Earthquake Clusters "Regular Background Activity"

The U-S-G-S has recorded a new cluster of earthquakes in the Newberry Caldera, south of Bend. Seismologists noted 29 on the east side of Paulina Lake, between March 24th and April 3rd. “Newberry typically has earthquakes as a part of, as what we call ‘regular background activity.’” Seth Moran is a research seismologist at the US Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory. He tells Central Oregon Daily News, those quakes are typically pretty small. The largest in this new cluster was a magnitude 1.7. Hundreds more tiny tremors have occurred recently across the 12-hundred-square mile Newberry site… but they’re so small, their exact locations aren’t known. Moran says there’s nothing to worry about; there’s no deformation of the land, and no magma coming to the surface. 




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