• Is the Seattle earthquake related to the California earthquakes?

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    Hours after a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit outside of Monroe early Friday morning, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, California.

    The Snohomish County quake struck at 2:51 a.m. and the California quake happened at 6:11 a.m.

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    Are the two earthquakes connected?

    “Absolutely no relation,” said KIRO 7 Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer.

    In the last week, a series of earthquakes and aftershocks have hit Southern California. 

    Are these related to the one that hit near Monroe?

    “There’s just no tie-in,” said KIRO 7 PinPoint Meteorologist Nick Allard.

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    The Snohomish County earthquake was reported to have been felt from the Canadian border to Olympia and east to Leavenworth.

    “(There are) different fault lines, very far away from each other. There’s just no connection,” Palmer said. “Now, there can be some connection if there are some individual faults close by.”

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    Allard said the earthquake was the largest to hit the region since the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake on Feb. 28, 2001, which struck east of Olympia. That earthquake was 1,995 times stronger than Friday's quake.

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