Magnitude-4.0 quake jolts Washington's Puget Sound

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Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:37 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday, waking up residents who felt it miles away in Seattle.

The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia and downtown Seattle.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit around 3 a.m. and had a depth of 11 miles. The Kitsap County's emergency dispatch did not receive any reports of damage or injuries.

John Vidale, professor in earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, told The Seattle Times that "the people who reported feeling it were all across Puget Sound."

Vidale said this was the biggest quake to shake the region this year, but a magnitude-4.0 earthquake does little damage.

"It woke me up because the alarms went off. Whenever there's an earthquake, beepers go off and we were up making sure all the reporting is done right," Vidale said.

Posts on social media suggest the shaking woke residents up and frightened animals. More than 400 people reported feeling the quake across the region, most saying it was weak or light.