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Overnight magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattles Washington’s Puget Sound region

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook Washington’s Puget Sound region early Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake hit at 2:51 a.m. in the Three Lakes area, north of Seattle, according to the USGS.

People reported shaking in the Seattle area to as far south as Tacoma and Olympia, the USGS said. The earthquake could be felt as far north as Vancouver, according to the shake maps from the USGS.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said there were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake.

There was a magnitude 3.5 aftershock near Monroe, Washington, not far from the first quake just minutes later, according to the USGS.

More than 6,700 people reported feeling the quake to the USGS.

Since the initial quake and aftershock, the USGS recorded five more small earthquakes in the Monroe, Washington, area, all between magnitude 1.2 and 1.7 Friday morning.

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The Washington quake follows two larger temblors in California last week. There was a magnitude 6.4 quake centered in Ridgecrest, California, July 4 and a 7.1 on July 5 in the same area. The July 5 earthquake was the largest in California for two decades, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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