Small earthquake shakes Lake Wenatchee area

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A small earthquake shook Lake Wenatchee this morning. Image: Pacific Northwest Seismic Network/google.com

A small, 3.0 magnitude, earthquake shook the east end of Lake Wenatchee at 8:15 a.m. today. Although the earthquake, about 15 miles northwest of Leavenworth, was large enough to be noticed by persons indoors, there have been no reports of injuries or damage. A 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same general area on June 26. View locations of this and other recent earthquakes in Washington, Oregon, and nearby states and provinces on the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

Far more serious was a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck south-central Pakistan today, killing at least 35 people and, possibly more. Seismologists have confirmed that the quake raised a new island, about 30-40 feet high, about a half mile off the Pakistan coast.

In addition to serving as the chief source of information about aquifers, minerals, and other important resources in Washington State, DNR’s Division of Geology and Earth Resources educates the public, government and industry about the consequences of earthquakes and many other geological hazards.

Our new Natural Hazards viewer on DNR’s Washington State Geologic Information portal helps you find locations of earthquake faults and other potential hazards in Washington State.

Today’s earthquakes are good reminders to all of us who live in earthquake country (which includes Washington State) that September is National Preparedness Month — learn more from the Washington Emergency Management Division.

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