Seattle and Puget Sound region shaken by 4.6-magnitude earthquake felt in Vancouver

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      An inland earthquake struck the Puget Sound region in Washington state this morning.

      The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.6-magnitude quake (initially assessed as 4.4-magnitude) with a depth of 24 kilometres (15 miles) at 2:51 a. m. today (July 12).

      The epicenter was located 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) southwest of Monroe North, Washington, and 115 kilometres (71 miles) northeast of Olympia, Washington.

      It was followed two minutes later by a 3.5-magnitude quake at a depth of 31 kilometres (19 miles) as well as a series of small aftershocks.

      It was reported to have been widely felt throughout Seattle although there weren’t any immediate reports of damage. 

      According to Earthquakes Canada, it was also lightly felt to the north in British Columbia in Vancouver and Victoria as well as Olympia, Washington, to the south.

      On July 3, a 6.2-magnitude offshore earthquake took place in the Queen Charlotte Region between Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, followed by a 4.0-magnitude quake. Three more earthquakes, ranging from 4.6- to 5.6-magnitude followed on July 5.

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