Published: Sat, July 13, 2019

Washington state rocked by 4.6 magnitude natural disaster, 3.5 aftershock

Washington state rocked by 4.6 magnitude natural disaster, 3.5 aftershock

The quake initially registered as a 4.7 magnitude and was then downgraded to 4.4 before eventually going back up to a 4.6.

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

There are no reports of injuries.

There was a magnitude 3.5 aftershock near Monroe, Washington, not far from the first quake just minutes later, according to the USGS.

More than 6,700 people reported feeling the quake to the USGS. "We were sound asleep and the whole house shook and we all woke up".


The state Department of Transportation sent crews out to inspect bridges but no damage was found by Friday afternoon.

Bill Steele, seismology lab coordinator with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, said this quake was related to the North American crust, not the Cascadia subduction zone - which is the source of nightmarish scenarios for a mega natural disaster in the Northwest.

This was the largest quake in the Pacific Northwest since February 28, 2001, when a 6.8 magnitude struck near Olympia and caused widespread damage.

A third 2.5 magnitude natural disaster hit Royal City at 3:46 this morning that also caused no injuries or damage.

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