Magnitude 4.6 natural disaster shakes Puget Sound

A map showing the location of a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in Three Lakes Washington

Minutes later, a 3.5 magnitude after shock was recorded further south in Monroe.

Authorities have not issued any tsunami warnings or advisories, and no serious injuries or damage has been reported yet.

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

The state Department of Transportation sent crews out to inspect bridges but no damage was found by Friday afternoon.


Residents of Vancouver, Victoria and other spots near the border jumped on Twitter in the middle of the night to say they felt shaking.

The Northwest is especially prone to earthquakes. The quake was felt around the sound from Arlington to Seattle and as far as Bremerton, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reported.

The quake initially registered as a 4.7 magnitude and was then downgraded to 4.4 before eventually going back up to a 4.6.

He said the quake did not have any connection to recent tremors in California, and that it was too shallow to have originated in the Cascadia subduction zone off the Washington coast, where "stress and strain has been building for a long time".

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