4.2 earthquake near Mossyrock


by KING 5 News


Posted on November 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 16 at 3:09 PM

Earthquake near Mossyrock, WA

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MOSSYROCK, Wash. - Resident near the town of Mossyrock were jolted Tuesday morning by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.

The quake struck at about 7:51 a.m.

According to the University of Washington's Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, the quake's epicenter was about 3 miles northeast of Mossyrock. It was about 9 miles deep.

John Vidale, Director of the Pacific NW Seismic Network, said they received 1,000 calls about the quake.

"It was a widely felt earthquake," he said.

"I was sitting on the sofa watching TV and I felt as though the sofa was undulating," said Joni Conger of Tacoma.

"It felt like our house like lifted and sat back down really hard," said Andrea Pousson. "It was crazy."

There were no reports of damage.

The earthquake hit about an hour and a half after a smaller, 1.9 magnitude quake occurred three miles west south west of Langley on Whidbey Island.

U.W.'s Bill Steele says the two quakes were not related.