Seattle natural disaster: Quake rattles Washington state today, followed by aftershock today

The initial temblor was recorded at 2:51 a.m. Friday.

Two minutes later, a 3.5 magnitude quake was detected near Monroe, Washington.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude natural disaster has rattled the Three Lakes area of Washington state, less than 50 miles northeast of Seattle.

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In Mountlake Terrace, Police Commander Mike Haynes said the agency received "a few 911 calls to report the quake, but no reports of injury or property damage".

The state Department of Transportation sent crews out to inspect bridges but no damage was found by Friday afternoon. The most recent large one to shake the Seattle area occurred in 2001, when a 6.8 magnitude quake happened just north of Olympia, Washington.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.

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