Friday, January 30, 2009

No Reports of Damage From 4.5-Magnitude Seattle Earthquake

This map shows where a 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck 14 miles northwest of Seattle near Kingston, in Kitsap County.(USGS)
SEATTLE-There were no immediate reports of damage from a 4.5-magnitude earthquake that rattled the Seattle and Puget Sound area early Friday, but it woke a lot of people up.The quake at 5:25 a.m. was centered 14 miles northwest of Seattle near Kingston, in Kitsap County.The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported it as a 4.6-magnitude quake, but the University of Washington report on the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network listed it at 4.5.The network shows it was felt throughout the Puget Sound area in Western Washington, and people reported feeling it in Victoria, British Columbia, 71 miles to the north.Many said they were shaken awake."It shook the house like something had hit the roof," said Robert Lyden on Anderson Island in Puget Sound."It just woke us up." Other than knocking a water fountain off his deck there was no damage, he said.Lacey Menne says it shook her home as she was preparing to go to work at the Coastal Cafe in Kingston."It wasn't strong enough to make anything fall," she said."It was like, what is that? I think it might be an earthquake.It's totally an earthquake!"Seattle radio and TV stations heard from callers who said they felt the shaking for 10 or 15 seconds.
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