Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Tacoma, Pierce County shaken but not damaged by 4.6 natural disaster

370258 05 The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Seattle 9Dan Callister Newsmakers via Getty Images Joshua Caplan12 Jul 2019
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2019, 21:59

That was the popular question Friday morning as residents around Western Washington awoke to news that a 4.6-magnitude quake rattled near Puget Sound and Seattle just before 3 a.m.

The initial jolt was recorded at 2:51 a.m. Friday.

Joan Gomberg, a USGS seismologist and affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington, said "the likelihood of a bigger one is small".

Kao said sometimes shaking can be more noticeable when earthquakes happen in the middle of the night, at a time when human activity is minimal.

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He advised brushing up on what to do during a seismic event by checking out the Earthquakes Canada website and making an emergency preparedness kit.

Exactly one week after 3 significant earthquakes hit the BC coast, a 4.6 magnitude quake struck near Seattle, WA early Friday.

The Seattle quake occurred the same day as a 4.9 magnitude natural disaster was measured in southern California.

There were no immediate reports of damage in Snohomish County, according to a tweet from the Sheriff's Office.