Minor earthquake shakes communities south of Issaquah
September 22, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22, 2011
Seismologists recorded a magnitude-3.2 earthquake south of Issaquah early Thursday afternoon.
University of Washington seismologists said the minor earthquake occurred at 1:22 p.m. Scientists pegged the earthquake’s epicenter near Lake Desire in rural King County, about eight miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.
King County Sheriff’s Office deputies did not respond to any calls related to earthquake damage, agency spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said.
Seismologists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, based at the UW, said the temblor occurred about 15 miles beneath the surface.
The seismic activity came a month after seismologists recorded a minor earthquake beneath Mirrormont on Tiger Mountain.
Such small earthquakes occur often, and do not indicate another, larger quake is imminent.