Published: Sat, July 13, 2019

Seattle natural disaster: Quake rattles Washington state today, followed by aftershock today

Seattle natural disaster: Quake rattles Washington state today, followed by aftershock today

The Monroe earthquakes had one at a magnitude 4.6 while the aftershock was at magnitude 3.5.

Authorities have not issued any tsunami warnings or advisories, and no serious injuries or damage has been reported yet.

According to the USGS, the quake struck near Three Lakes, Washington, around 2:51 am PT and was reportedly felt in the Seattle area.

An overnight quake with an epicentre around 65 kilometres north of Seattle was felt in British Columbia. "We are spooked and still awake", Rob Fuhriman told the station.


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

CBS News reports that the quake was the largest in the Seattle area since a 6.1 natural disaster in February 2001.

It was the largest in Southern California since the 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge natural disaster. There have been thousands of aftershocks of the magnitude 6.4 natural disaster on July 4 and the 7.1 quake that occurred the next day.

He said the natural disaster did not have any connection to recent tremors in California, and that it was too shallow to have originated in the Cascadia subduction zone off the Washington coast, where "stress and strain has been building for a long time".

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