Small earthquake shakes Key Peninsula



Key Center, Wash. - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter on the Key Peninsula was felt as far away as Seattle and Olympia.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake struck at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday and was 7.2 miles deep.

At Cutter Bug hair salon in Key Center, Mindi Wilkins was coloring a client's hair when the earth began to shake

"There was a huge boom under the floor," Wilkins said. "I couldn't stay on my feet very well and ended up almost in her lap."

The whole building shook. Around 15 bottles of hair product hit the floor, but none broke.

"We're lucky we only had stuff in plastic bottles and I didn't end up coloring her face and the chair and myself when I was moving around," Wilkins said.

Bill Steele at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says there is a small chance the earthquake could foreshadow a larger one.

"Whenever we have an earthquake in the 3 to 4 magnitude or a 5, the chances of having a bigger magnitude quake increase for a period of time, about 48 hours before it drops back to normal," Steele said.

Steele said there isn't enough information to give a specific probability of a follow-up earthquake.
He doesn't want to alarm people, but does want everyone to remember this is earthquake country.
It's just a matter of time before the big one.

"Let's use these little ones to remind us that big earthquakes are in our future," Steele said

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