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Recent Earthquakes Near Seattle


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The Pacific Northwest has seen a surge in seismic activity in recent years, with Seattle at the center of it all. Since the beginning of 2020, the Seattle area has experienced four significant earthquakes. While the quakes did not result in any serious damage, the tremors have been felt throughout the region and serve as a reminder of the potential for a major earthquake in the future. Here are the four most recent earthquakes near Seattle, along with their magnitude and whether any damage was caused.


1. November 17th, 2020: Magnitude 4.5

On November 17th, 2020, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred near Seattle. The quake was centered about 8 miles south of Bellevue and was felt as far away as Olympia. There were no reports of damage from this quake.


2. October 15th, 2020: Magnitude 4.9

On October 15th, 2020, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattled the Seattle area. The epicenter was located near the town of Des Moines, about 20 miles south of Seattle. The quake was felt throughout the Puget Sound region and there were no reports of damage.


3. October 10th, 2020: Magnitude 4.6

On October 10th, 2020, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook the Seattle area. The epicenter was located about 6 miles southwest of Kent and was felt as far away as Tacoma. There were no reports of damage from this quake.


4. August 4th, 2020: Magnitude 4.6

On August 4th, 2020, a magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred near Seattle. The epicenter was located about 10 miles south of Bellevue and was felt throughout the region. There were no reports of damage from this quake.


Though none of these earthquakes resulted in any serious damage, they serve as a reminder of the potential for a major earthquake in the Seattle area. Residents of the Puget Sound region should always be prepared for the possibility of a large earthquake and should know what steps to take to ensure their safety.


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