The Northwest earthquake

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

TIME: 10:55 a.m. PST Wednesday.

MAGNITUDE: 6.8, according to federal monitors at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

EPICENTER: 35 miles southwest of Seattle in a ''deep fault'' about 30 miles underground.

EFFECTS: The quake was felt in British Columbia and parts of Oregon. It caused scattered damage to buildings and roads, knocked out power to thousands and disrupted air and maritime travel.

INJURIES: Approximately two dozen.

SUMMARY: It was the strongest quake to hit Washington state since a magnitude-7.1 earthquake near Olympia killed eight people in 1949. Experts said damage could have been worse had the quake not occurred so deep.

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