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SOCIETY & EVENTS
Six Western Washington earthquakes to remember
A February 1916 snowstorm dumped 42 inches over a two-week period, forcing Bellingham merchants and others to grab their shovels. HERALD PHOTO


Feb. 28, 2001: magnitude 6.8, centered near Olympia. Caused several hundred thousand dollars damage to buildings in Whatcom County, and more than $50 million damage in Western Washington.

April 29, 1965: magnitude 6.5, Seattle-Tacoma area, seven people died.

April 13, 1949: magnitude 7.1, Olympia, eight died.

June 23, 1946: magnitude 7.3, Strait of Georgia.

Jan. 11, 1909: magnitude 6.0, Orcas Island.

Dec. 14, 1872: magnitude 7 to 7.5, east of Mount Baker.

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