3.6 earthquake in South Sound; felt by some here

August 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm | In Preparedness, Safety, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

A text about 45 minutes ago asked if there had been an earthquake; we checked the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network‘s site, and at the time, nothing was showing – subsequently, though, PNSN has posted information on a 3.6 earthquake that did happen right about then, but nowhere nearby. We’re mentioning it because we’ve since received a few more inquiries. See it on the map here; the epicenter was equidistant from Bremerton and Tacoma, according to the earthquake’s “event page.” P.S. Are you prepared, in case something big hits? Check out the West Seattle Be Prepared website and find your nearest hub, for starters.

12:40 PM NOTE: Eric reminds us via Facebook that geologists would appreciate getting an official report from everyone who did feel it – the link is here.


  1. It registered on netquakes. go to USGS.gov/netquakes. Local siesmagraphs are QOUT_UW and QFTL_UW. Time is grenwich mean time. It was a 1.3 here.

    Comment by kathleen — 12:42 pm August 20, 2013 #

  2. We felt it here above Alki

    Comment by Alkiguy — 1:25 pm August 20, 2013 #

  3. Was on the phone and felt it in Normandy Park. Slight, but noticeable.

    Comment by Breezy — 2:58 pm August 20, 2013 #

  4. That explains my cat’s behavior (uncharacteristically vocal and pacing the house).

    Comment by Gatewood mom — 3:15 pm August 20, 2013 #

  5. Sitting quietly by the computer and felt it, plus the old house creaked more than normal. South of Genesee – West of the Alaska Junction.

    Comment by CanDo — 3:26 pm August 20, 2013 #

  6. Poo, as a transplanted Californian, I miss little earthquakes. I was out walking around at the time.

    Comment by AJP — 3:50 pm August 20, 2013 #

  7. Felt it at work in Ballard, made me think about getting out of the old building!!

    Comment by RRider — 6:40 pm August 20, 2013 #

  8. My can of Rainier wobbled a bit on my nightstand but that was about it.

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 8:36 pm August 20, 2013 #

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