Did you feel that shaking just now? Some folks did

A map shows the location of Friday's earthquake.
A map shows the location of Friday's earthquake. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A minor earthquake hit a Canadian island across the Strait of Georgia from Bellingham on Friday morning, officials reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

"I wondered what that was!" said Jessica Lynn Prudhomme of Bellingham. "Thought I was going crazy. Haven't felt a quake since I lived in Oklahoma."

Suzi Suoderlund of Maple Falls said it felt like "everything settled."

Friday's quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.3, according to sensors at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. It was measured at 2.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Both agencies later revised magnitude to 3.2.

It struck at 10:09 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and was located on Samuel Island in the Gulf Islands — 12.5 miles south-southwest of Point Roberts.

Depth of the shaking was 36 miles.

Earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 5.4 are often felt, but generally do little damage, according to the USGS.

Some 30,000 quakes of that size are reported worldwide every year.

As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, some 43 people had reported their quake observations to the USGS Did You Feel It? citizen science page online.

FEMA explains what you should do before an earthquake happens and when it occurs in an animated video called "When The Earth Shakes."

Lacey Shoemaker, disaster program manager for the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Red Cross, shows off what should be included in an emergency kit Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Bellingham.

The name of the island chain was corrected June 8, 2018.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty