4.6 quake rattles Seattle region in the middle of the night

The Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier

The Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier

Two, much stronger earthquakes shook the state last weekend and triggered thousands of aftershocks.

The initial jolt was recorded at 2:51 a.m. Friday.

No significant damages or injuries were reported to city infrastructure, according to Tacoma and Pierce County officials.

The United States Geological Survey reports a 4.6 magnitude natural disaster hit the Seattle area. Numerous viewers reported feeling the quake.

Friday's quake is "more related to California kind of being dragged north and pressing us up against the buttress of British Columbia", Steele told KUOW's Angela King.

The state Department of Transportation sent crews out to inspect bridges but no damage was found by Friday afternoon.

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The Northwest is especially prone to earthquakes.

Honn Kao, an quake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, says he was not surprised that residents of Vancouver felt the shaking.

This was the largest quake in the Pacific Northwest since February 28, 2001, when a 6.8 magnitude struck near Olympia and caused widespread damage.

The quake struck as millions of people in Southern California are on edge and anxious about their safety after two large earthquakes and more than 4,000 aftershocks.

Caruso said the Northwest quake had no connection to the recent earthquakes in California.

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