Earthquake East of Seattle - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Earthquake East of Seattle Prompts Bridge Inspections

DUVALL, Wash. - The Washington Transportation Department is inspecting four or five bridges in east King County as a precaution because of the Tuesday morning earthquake. Spokeswoman Kris Olsen says inspectors don't expect to find any damage to bridges at Snoqualmie and Fall City because the quake was small.

A number of residents in the suburbs north and east of Seattle were shaken awake Tuesday by a small earthquake. The University of Washington reports the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded a 3.4 magnitude quake at 5:21, about four miles deep between Duvall and Carnation.

There are no reports of damage. A U.S. Geological Survey website shows the quake was felt from Snohomish to North Bend, including Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Residents told TV stations the quake sounded like thunder or a door slamming, and the shaking felt like a train or truck rumbling by, rattling mirrors, causing hanging lamps to swing and scaring dogs and cats.

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