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article imageWashington: Earthquake magnitude 4.3 near Wenatchee, Leavenworth

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 27, 2013 in World
Wenatchee - The US Geological Survey is reporting that a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck central Washington near Wenatchee and Leavenworth Wednesday night around 7:45 p.m. The quake rattled dishes and shook homes, but there were no reports of injuries or damages.
According to the USGS, it hit about 25.9 miles west-northwest of Entiat, Washington, and 33 miles northwest of Wenatchee. It was about 6.33 miles deep and caused a 2.9-magnitude aftershock at about 9:21 p.m.
It was also felt from Olympia to Kent, Issaquah and Mount Vernon.
The USGS website described the quake as "light."
Residents posted comments about their experience on King5 Facebook page:
Chris Millsap: "Wiggle, jiggle and shake with a popping sound that sounded like someone slapped the house."
Paul McElravy: "The whole house shook, everything rattled, the water and the dogs dish went from side to side and it was just a huge roar like a big thunder rumble right on top of us."
Jeri Hall: "Sounded like a bomb went off, house shook and things fell off the top of kitchen cabinets."
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Other reports posted on the Earthquake-Report.com said:
Leavenworth - Work at a hotel a few rooms reported earthquake.
Chelan, WA - We felt the floor shaking below our feet, but it only lasted between 30-45 seconds.
Leavenworth - Felt small movement.
Winthrop, WA - Heard a popping sound and then felt shaking under the chair I was sitting in.
Leavenworth, WA - Deep rumbling, quite slow shaking back and forth, 10 seconds or so.
Carlton - Loud rumbling, shaking house.
Peshastin - Out eating dinner. Table and porch shook.
Peshastin - About 3-4 sec long; dogs freaked.
Plain, wa - The whole family thought a tree fell on the house! Then we realized it was an earthquake. We live about 5 miles away from the epicenter.
Leavenworth, WA - Was working at desk, barely noticed it, thought a heavy truck drove by but it kept going.
The quake is one of the strongest to hit the region since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on April 13, 1949, near Olympia, which caused eight deaths and damages estimated at more than $25 million, according to USGS. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake also shook the region in April 29, 1965 causing about $12.5 million damages.
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