4.8 earthquake rattles Northwest Washington


BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A 4.8 earthquake has rattled northwestern Washington and Vancouver Island, according to the USGS.

The quake struck at 11:39 p.m. and was centered about 11 miles east of Victoria, B.C. at a depth of about 36 miles. Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says it was felt for a radius of 150 miles.

Reports flooded into the KOMO Newsroom from people who felt the quake, including Ferndale, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Sequim, Seattle, Graham and Port Angeles.

"Just went to bed and all of a sudden my bed shook a little," said Greg Roberts in Port Angeles. "And I sat up and said 'what in the world?' and it was like a rolling feeling. And then the second one shook the bed so strong, didn't know what to think. It was just unbelievable to be shook up like that."

Hector Girr of Port Angeles also felt the quake.

"I felt a huge tremor; it bounced me side to side," Girr said. But no damage at his house either.

"All of a sudden it felt like somebody was moving our couch," added Cindy Carter of Orcas Island. "There was no damage -- it was about a 3-second shake."

In Anacortes, some neighbors reported a few pictures knocked off shelves due to the shaking.

All of a sudden my whole house was out of control," said Kellen Lamborn of Anacortes. "And it continued and it got worse and worse. It woke up the whole neighborhood."

The USGS website has recorded more than 11,000 reports of the quake being felt.

So far there are no reports of any significant damage or injuries. John Vidalle with the UW Seismology lab says it's the largest quake that particular region has had in a while, but at that magnitude and depth, he wouldn't expect any damage, just widespread light shaking.

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