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Only a few people felt the quake, but it wasn’t a minor one

Wednesday’s quake was at 2:25 a.m., about 225 miles west of Bellingham.
Wednesday’s quake was at 2:25 a.m., about 225 miles west of Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A “light” earthquake struck Wednesday morning off the Washington state coast, about 225 miles west of Bellingham.

Instruments at the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey recorded the temblor at 2:26 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean about 55 miles west of Cape Flattery and 105 miles south of Tofino, B.C., on Vancouver Island.

Its magnitude was 4.5 and its depth was 6.2 miles, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Quakes of 4.0 to 4.9 are considered “light” by seismological standards.

No immediate damage or injuries were reported.

No tsunami warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Three people reported they felt the quake, based on responses to the USGS’s citizen science “Did You Feel It?” page.

Earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 5.4 are often felt, but usually cause little damage.

Some 30,000 quakes of magnitude 2.5 to 5.4 are recorded annually worldwide, according to UPSeis at Michigan Tech University.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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