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Possible Earthquake Near Selah Probably Man Made

Selah, WA -  What was thought to be an earthquake near Selah appears to be man made tremors.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network posted a preliminary report of an earthquake shortly after one this afternoon on its website.  It said the quake was 2.7 in magnitude and the epicenter was about two miles southeast of Selah.

Donna Clark from Selah called KNDO to report tremors around that time.  Clark says she was in her bedroom when the light started shaking for about ten seconds.  She says her daughter called her a few minutes later to ask if there was an earthquake.

But after scientists looked over the information from the computer report, they decided to remove it a short time later.  Jim Hall, Executive Director of the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management, says a scientist that he spoke with told him it was probably dynamite, or blasting that was going on in the area.

KNDO printed out the original report from the website before it was removed.  Hall used those coordinates to pinpoint the quake.  He says it was in the same place as a rock pit.

We called several asphalt companies.  Superior Asphalt says they were breaking rocks at that pit around the time of the tremors.