Sensors detect a small earthquake in the area

A mild earthquake jiggled deep in the Cascade Mountains 21 miles east of Shady Cove this afternoon, but it likely went unnoticed to all but those government scientists paid to look for quakes.

The quake's magnitude measured 2.7 on the Richter Scale and it also occurred 2.7 miles below the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at precisely 1:55.29 p.m., according to the USGS.

Mapping by the USGS shows that it is north of Mount McLoughlin in an area with mild recent earthquake activity, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

The National Weather Service in Medford posted information about it on its Facebook page Monday afternoon, but the only call that office received about it came from a woman who received an electronic update on the seismic activity, says Chuck Glaser, data acquisition program manager with the weather service in Medford,

"It's not much of an earthquake, but it's something," Glaser says. "We don't know of anybody who felt it."

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— Mark Freeman

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