Previously unknown fault caused earthquake swarm off Oregon’s coast

Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian has a story about that swarm of quakes back in March 140 miles off the coast from Newport, Oregon. He writes,

This swarm erupted in a steady stream as if emanating from a hot spot of rising magma from beneath the crust. “That’s normally what we see in volcanic and hydrothermally active regions at the edge of a plate,” said William Wilcock, a marine geophysicist and professor of oceanography at the University of Washington.

Late this month scientists reported the theory that N|W volcanoes may be linked. Here Wilcockx suggests “the findings fit with other emerging evidence that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions separated by hundreds of miles may be linked.”

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