A small earthquake struck under Bellingham Bay early Thursday, catching the attention of a few area residents but causing no immediate damage.
A post at the Pacific Coast Seismic Network website said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and was centered about 9 miles under Bellingham Bay, between downtown Bellingham and the Lummi Peninsula. U.S. Geological Survey instruments placed it 2.5 miles south of Marietta.
Several residents immediately took to social media, including Larissa Lane of Bellingham, who said she was at work.
I thought something hit the house!
Alicia DeMaria, Fairhaven
“It shook our building. Sounded like a jet coming for us,” she wrote on The Bellingham Herald’s Facebook page.
More than 200 people reported the quake to the USGS through its “Did You Feel It?” website portal, earthquake.usgs.gov/data/dyfi.
Cheri May Cariveau said she felt the shaking in the Lettered Streets neighborhood of Bellingham. Jody Wilson Stilts said she felt the jolt at her home near Alabama and James streets.
“Rattled for a few seconds and rumbled a few more,” she said.
But others barely rolled over in bed.
“Slept right through it. Geez,” wrote Luba Slesarchuk, adding a pair of emojis.
Earthquakes around magnitude 3 are often felt by those indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings.
“Many people do not recognize it as an earthquake. Vibrations similar to the passing of a truck,” the USGS said on its website.
“I thought something hit the house!” said Alicia DeMaria of Fairhaven.
No tsunami warning was issued and no quake-related emergencies were reported to Bellingham Fire Department.
Tens of thousands of quakes in the range of 2.5 to 5.4 occur annually, but cause little damage, according to the USGS.
Quakes of magnitude 1.4 and 1.3 were recorded last week near Mount Baker, and a 1.5 was recorded June 23 near the the intersection of Blaine and Grandview roads, south of Birch Bay.