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December 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM
The Associated Press
SEABECK, Kitsap County — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network director says small quakes recorded overnight under the Hood Canal near Seabeck are routine.
Director John Vidale says they follow a trend of small quakes in the area and are “nothing to get alarmed about.”
He says it was a bit unusual for a 3.4 magnitude quake at 11:55 p.m. Thursday to be followed by several aftershocks.
There was a 1.3 magnitude quake at 12:33 a.m. Friday in the same area about 10 miles west of Pousbo. And there was a 2.8 magnitude quake in the same general location at 4:57 a.m. Friday. The quakes were at a depth of 11 miles.
Dispatchers with the Kitsap and Jefferson county sheriff’s offices say they received no reports the quakes were even felt.
August 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM
The Associated Press
The Pierce County sheriff’s office says there are no reports of damage from a 3.6 magnitude earthquake that shook the Gig Harbor area.
Spokesman Ed Troyer says dispatchers had a half-dozen calls from people who felt it.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded the quake at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday. It was shallow — just 3 miles deep — and centered 13 miles south of Port Orchard and 23 miles north of Olympia.
The seismic network website indicated the quake was felt on the Key Peninsula, parts of Kitsap County and in the Olympia area.
More information is available at http://www.pnsn.org/earthquakes/recent.
July 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Two earthquakes of more than a 2 magnitude occurred about a half-hour apart in King County Friday morning.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is reporting a magnitude 2.6 quake in Seattle’s Lake City area at 6:56 a.m. and a 2.3 magnitude quake near Redmond at 7:34 a.m.
Three other small quakes — of a level unlikely to be felt — were also recorded in Western Washington Friday morning.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
April 8, 2013 at 6:42 AM
Ballard fire: A woman in her 50s suffered second-degree burns in a small apartment building fire this morning. More to come on this story as we get it.
What earthquake? Did you know there was an earthquake west of Tacoma yesterday morning? Neither did we. The 3.5 temblor rattled folks for about 10 to 15 seconds. No injuries reported. KOMO-TV has the story.
A Kennedy visit: Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to be in Seattle this morning to celebrate National Library week. She is to visit Sanislo School Elementary in West Seattle.
That Amtrak derailment: Aren’t you glad you weren’t on that train? Southbound Amtrak train derailed near Everett It’s usually freight trains that get hit by the mudslides along the route from Seattle to Everett, not passenger trains. Oh, and Sounder service there is canceled. Duh.
Those fellas who were trying to row across the Atlantic? Two of them live in Seattle and the expedition was Seattle-based. A rogue wave ended their daunting journey. Our community partner Three Sheets Northwest has a story that looks at the local ties to adventure.
Mariners home opener tonight. How are they doing? Oh, yeah, 3-4. We hear the game is not sold out. Really? The Sounders are doing much worse, though, 0-3-1. Whoa.
The weather sucks… It rained like heck yesterday and the day before. The only good thing is we didn’t have to do yard work. The forecast.
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November 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A minor earthquake with a 3.1 magnitude was recorded at Monday morning in the Portland region.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports the quake at 6:15 a.m. was centered about 11 miles northwest of Portland and was relatively deep, at 12 miles.
It was felt in in the outlying towns Scappoose, Oregon City and Woodburn in Oregon and in Vancouver, Brush Prairie and Ridgefield in Washington state.
Geologist Scott Burns at Portland State University told KATU-TV the quake may be related to a smaller quake Sunday of 2.3 magnitude.
Burns said quakes stronger than 2.5 can generally be felt.
“It reminds us we live in earthquake country and that we need to be prepared,” Burns said.
But he said the Monday quake should produce little if any damage
November 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck off the west coast of Canada but no damages have been reported and no tsunami warning has been issued.
Natural Resources Canada said the tremor occurred Wednesday night off Vancouver Island in the Pacific ocean, 85 miles (137 kilometers) southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to generate a tsunami.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada on Oct. 28, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in some communities in British Columbia were evacuated, but the province escaped the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 unscathed.
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Guatemala earlier Wednesday, killing at least 48 people in two provinces.
September 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM
The earthquake app, offered in English and Spanish, will have real-time updates on how an earthquake has affected users’ nearby area through a “Shake Zone Impact Map,” according to a Red Cross release. Users would receive disaster updates if a fire or tsunami warning in their area were issued as well as information on nearby emergency shelters.
A flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm are available on the app for those stuck in a hazardous situation. For those who aren’t, the app has a one-touch “I’m safe” message that broadcasts reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets.
In the event there is no mobile connectivity, the app’s preloaded emergency-response tips and plans would still be accessible.
The app is the third the Red Cross has created to help people respond to disasters. Its First Aid and Hurricane apps have been downloaded more than 1 million times, according to a Red Cross release.
June 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM
A 4.9 earthquake shook Vancouver Island, British Columbia, at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The epicenter was located more than 50 miles off the western shore and more than 100 miles from most cities on the island. The closest major city, Port Hardy, is 115 miles away from it.
June 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — A new report estimates that property losses from a massive mudflow at Mount Rainier could reach $6 billion in the Puyallup Valley.
Major mudflows, known as lahars, can be caused by volcanic activity, avalanches and earthquakes. They have the consistency of wet concrete.
The report Wednesday from the Washington Department of Natural Resources shows lahar-related flooding from Mount Rainier could reach as far as Commencement Bay and Elliott Bay, including the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. The agency also released an online interactive map to track the potential paths.
The Puyallup Valley is considered highly susceptible to lahars because of the weakened rocks that make up the mountain’s upper west flank.
The agency says the report and map are designed to assist emergency response, mitigation planning and community preparation.
April 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM
About 50 people have reported feeling a small earthquake this morning on the Eastside.
State seismologist John Vidale said the 2.6 magnitude quake hit near Carnation and Falls City at 7:25 a.m. It was about 1 1/2 miles deep — shallow enough for people to notice.
“Towns around there must have felt a little jolt,” he said.
There have been no aftershocks, so it was likely an isolated earthquake, he said, although one earthquake always raises the odds that there will be another.
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