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Earthquake Rumbles Through Cascades

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 CLE ELUM, WA.- People from Cle Elum all the way down to Yakima may have felt the ground shake a bit Wednesday around 1 in the morning. 

Earthquakes in our area certainly aren't typical, KNDO spoke with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and they told us the 4.3 magnitude quake was the largest one this area has seen since the 80's.

Bill Steele with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network told us this was the largest earthquake the Ellensburg area had seen since 1981.

That earthquake was a 4.2 and hit about 2 miles West of the one Wednesday night.

“That's a sizeable earthquake, very well felt by people in the area we got over 200 felt reports by people that were woken by the earthquake,” Steele told KNDO.

We spoke to one woman who was woken up by the quake last night; she told us it was certainly frightening.  

“My heart kind of skipped a beat when the shaking started my bed started shaking back and forth,” Katelyn Brown said.

The Seismic Network says the quake was the result of the earth's crust being pushed together and a shortening between Ellensburg and British Columbia.

There were no injuries or serious damage reported from the earthquake, but according to the Seismic Network it's a good reminder to be alert.

They're not common for this area, but they do happen and there could be more damaging ones in the future.
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