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October 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Small quake shakes southern Puget Sound area

A small earthquake rattled the southern Puget Sound area, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.5 quake struck shortly before midnight Saturday and was centered about 8 miles northeast of Olympia. The Thurston County Sheriff’s office says there have been no reports of damage or injury. But some…


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September 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Puget Sound area early Wednesday

Updated at 12:55 p.m. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake, the largest in Western Washington this year, shook the Puget Sound area early Wednesday. The quake, centered under Hood Canal, started around 3 a.m. and only lasted a few seconds, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington. The quake was centered near Seabeck,…


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July 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

3.6 earthquake shakes up central Puget Sound

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook up the central Puget Sound area Monday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake’s epicenter was three miles east of Belfair and was located about 13.6 miles down. It hit just past 4 a.m. No damage was immediately reported.  


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July 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Earthquakes occur in 4 areas of Alaska

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted four different parts of the state in the past 12 hours. A magnitude-5.9 quake was among several that occurred around the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says people in Juneau, about 100 miles east, felt light shaking. An unrelated…


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July 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Friday Memo: Scratching Nugent … A bump in the night … More money for Beast Mode?

Just say ‘No’ to  Nugent: The Puyallup Tribe is the second Northwest tribe to cancel concerts by Ted Nugent. The news came three days after Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe canceled Nugent’s Aug. 4 show over his “racist and hate-filled remarks.” Shawn Vestal, a columnist for The Spokesman-Review, writes about the More

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May 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Friday Memo: Predicting big quakes … Copper River salmon … Seahawks … SIFF opens Egyptian

The Big One? Scientists traditionally have been convinced that predicting earthquakes is impossible because the factors that trigger quakes are very complex. But recent research, based on massive quakes in Japan and Chile, has changed a few minds. Why should you care? The last megaquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which runs 700 miles…


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March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

USGS: Quake didn’t trigger Oso mudslide

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed this morning that a tiny quake 12 days before Saturday’s Oso mudslide could not have triggered the disaster. “Seismograph readings show no indication of an earthquake in association with the landslide,” said a statement from the agency. However, recordings from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington show…


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March 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Scientists say there’s little chance tiny quake triggered slide

Could a tiny earthquake that struck on March 10 have triggered the massive landslide near the town of Oso on March 22? Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington raised that possibility at a press conference this morning. But the director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Laboratory said he thinks it’s highly unlikely. The quake measured 1.1…


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January 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Seahawk fans quake again — maybe even more than in 2011

Seahawks fans again literally shook the earth during today’s win over the New Orleans Saints, and it looks like the impact was even greater than in January 2011, when fans jumping and stomping and screaming generated energy roughly equivalent to a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake. “This signal looks bigger than the one three years ago,”…


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