King County reminds locals to prepare after Vancouver Island earthquake

September 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Many King County and West Coast residents felt the earth tremble Friday afternoon as a magnitude-6.4 earthquake occurred off Vancouver Island.

The tremor struck at 12:41 p.m. at about 14 miles beneath the surface. The earthquake occurred about 170 miles west of Vancouver. Residents as far south as Seattle reported feeling the tremor.

King County Executive Dow Constantine used the earthquake as a reminder for local residents to prepare.

“Over the past 10 years, in concert with our regional partners, we have worked to build a whole-community approach to disaster planning, response and recovery,” he said in a statement. “Strong communities begin with each of us making a personal commitment to prepare, and then reaching out to our neighbors to build the networks that will be crucial when disaster strikes.”

Following the earthquake, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported little damage and no threat of a tsunami.

The county Office of Emergency Preparedness offers information for people and businesses to reduce the effects of a disaster — including making a family emergency plan, assembling emergency kits, registering for public alert systems, and getting involved locally through volunteer groups, such as the American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Teams, and community-based organizations.

The tremor off British Columbia comes less than a month after residents in Mirrormont near Issaquah experienced a magnitude-2.8 temblor on Tiger Mountain.

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