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2001 Nisqually earthquake

The 2001 Nisqually earthquake (also commonly referred to as "The Ash Wednesday earthquake") occurred at on February 28. The intraslab earthquake had a moment magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The epicenter was in the southern Puget Sound, northeast of Olympia, but the shock was felt in Oregon, Canada, eastern Washington, and Idaho. This was one of several large earthquakes that occurred in the Puget sound region in the prior 52 years and caused property damage valued at between one and four billion dollars. One person died of a heart attack and several hundred were injured.

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I remember this earthquake. When it first it, I thought "how are they actually making the ground shake for the drill?" Then I realized it was no drill...LOL

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