Rumble strip

Since mid-July, several earthquakes have rumbled off the Pacific coast, an uncomfortable reminder to get prepared for the Big One.

This month, a cluster of quakes ranging from magnitude 6.5 to 6.8 hit off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, with a 4.5 magnitude temblor striking 171 miles and 6 miles deep off the southern Oregon Coast shortly after. Similar earthquakes near Bandon have registered multiple times throughout the summer, including a 6.2 quake in late August.

While seismic activity along the North Coast has been relatively quiet, some of the shaking — and the fear of whether these earthquakes are indicators that more at

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