Washington Earthquake: 4.3 Tremor Rattles Homes, Nerves In Leavenworth But No Fatalities Reported [REPORT]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 27, 2013 10:36 AM EDT

Washington Earthquake
The epicenter of yesterday's Washington earthquake near Leavenworth. (Photo: USGS)

A Washington earthquake shook the central part of the state yesterday, measuring a 4.3 magnitude according to the USGS. The Washington earthquake occurred around 7:45 p.m. PDT about 16 miles north of Leavenworth and 32 miles northwest of Wenatchee. The Washington earthquake had a depth of about 5.7 miles but, fortunately, no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported. That doesn't mean the Washington earthquake didn't rattle the nerves of Leavenworth residents.

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"We really felt it here in Leavenworth. Felt like our house was being bulldozed," Kaitlyn Griffith commented on local news affiliate KING5's Facebook page. More Leavenworth residents also commented on the Washington earthquake on the page:

"Wiggle, jiggle and shake with a popping sound that sounded like someone slapped the house," said Chris Millsap.

"We are within three miles of the epicenter and it felt like the house was going to collapse, it also had a loud bang like a huge explosion went off, you could see the house shaking on its foundation. Pretty cool stuff to know humans really are not in charge," said Michael Stanford.

"I live one mile west of Wenatchee, in the Sunnyslope area. We felt the earthquake but I've talked with two who live close to Wenatchee High School and they didn't feel it," said Lori Golden Wacker.

According to the USGS, the last major Washington earthquake occurred almost forty years ago:

A magnitude 6.5 shock on April 29, 1965, which was centered very close to the epicenter of the 1949 earthquake, caused about $12.5 million damage. Three persons were killed by falling debris, and the deaths of four elderly women from heart failure were attributed to the earthquake. There were numerous injuries, but most were minor. The shock was characterized by a relatively large intensity VII area and small pockets of intensity VIII damage in Seattle and Issaquah. Extensive damage to chimneys was noted in West Seattle. In 188 city blocks, it was found that 1712 of 5005 chimneys were damaged. Two schools in West Seattle and two brick school buildings in Issaquah were damaged considerably. In general, damage patterns repeated those experienced during the 1949 shock. Buildings that apparently had been damaged in 1949 often sustained additional damage in 1965. The tremor was felt over 340,000 square km of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, northwestern Montana, and part of British Columbia.

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