A minor earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 has been detected approximately 56 kilometers northwest of Seattle, Washington, USA. The earthquake occurred at 7:21 pm PDT and had a depth of 39 kilometers. There have been no reports of significant damage or injuries, and it is not anticipated that any will occur. Additional information can be obtained from Natural Resources Canada.
The National Tsunami Warning Center has confirmed that no tsunami is expected as a result of this earthquake.
- Remain Calm: Stay composed and move cautiously, being mindful of unstable objects and potential hazards in your vicinity.
- Check for Damage and Hazards: Put on sturdy shoes and protective clothing before inspecting your surroundings for any damage or hazards. If you detect the smell of gas or a rotten egg odor, promptly exit the building and contact 9-1-1 or your gas company’s emergency number.
- Listen to Instructions: Stay informed by following local updates through various channels such as websites, social media, radio, and television. Local authorities will provide guidance if further actions are necessary in your community.
- Report the Earthquake: Do not call 9-1-1 to report the earthquake itself. Instead, report your experience of the earthquake at Earthquakes Canada.
It’s important to note that aftershocks may occur following an earthquake:
- When you feel shaking, remember to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”
- Wait for the shaking to subside and count to 60 before getting up.
Preparing for Earthquakes: Earthquakes cannot be predicted, but you can take measures to ensure your safety:
- Follow the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” protocol during an earthquake.
- Prepare your home for seismic events.
- Develop an emergency plan for your family.
- Assemble an emergency kit and create grab-and-go bags.
- Explore insurance options to protect against earthquake-related damages.
For comprehensive earthquake preparedness information, visit PreparedBC.