Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Magnitude 4.6 natural disaster hits just outside Seattle

Magnitude 4.6 natural disaster hits just outside Seattle

It came days after a swarm of more than two dozen small earthquakes shook under Mount Hood.

Less than an hour after Monroe felt two earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.5 natural disaster occurred near Royal City at around 3:45 a.m. on July 12.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Friday's quake, however.

"It's been widely felt throughout the Seattle area", Paul Caruso, a United States Geological Survey geophysicist, told The Seattle Times.

The Northwest is especially prone to earthquakes.

The state Department of Transportation sent crews out to inspect bridges but no damage was found by Friday afternoon. The USGS said it received reports of people feeling the shaking from Vancouver to near Wenatchee, Washington.

KIRO reports the quake is the largest to hit the region since the 6.8 M 2001 Nisqually natural disaster.

A day earlier, B.C. recorded a 6.2-magnitude quake between Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii but it was unrelated to the one in California.

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