This earthquake had an epicenter 27.6 kilometers WNW of Poulsbo, and the PNSN records it as having a 5.3 magnitude. It was felt at least from Victoria to Bellingham, but probably no farther south than Olympia or Centralia. There may be other Puget Sound earthquakes in the past 140 years or so that have been featured in newspapers, but this seems to be the most notable one that I hadn’t yet mentioned on the blog. Here’s the Seattle Times covering the quake:
EARTH TREMBLES VIOLENTLY
Hundreds of frightened persons in Seattle rushed from their homes last night about 8:20 o’clock when an earthquake of unusual violence and one that was felt distinctly throughout the Norhwest occurred. It threw a scare into everybody from Green Lake to South Seattle.
Little, if any, damage was done. As near as can be ascertained, the first of the two shocks occurred about 8:20 p.m. The second one followed closely upon the heels of the first, and although it was soon over, nevertheless nearly every front porch in Seattle was crowded with frightened humanity–persons who had rushed from their homes to see what the matter was.
The fact that there is an annular eclipse of the sun due today in Southern Asia has caused many persons to inquire if the eclipse had anything to do with Seattle’s surprise of last evening. Those who are authority say eclipses do not cause earthquakes.
Queen Anne Hill felt the shock the greatest of any part of the city. Many houses rocked like a bark at sea, while dogs howled in terror at the unexpected visitation.
On the first and second hills [First Hill and Capitol Hill, I suppose] the society people never received such a shock. When the earthquake went rumbling along Broadway, society folk rushed to their verandas and spilled golf club expressions all over the grass.
Down-town newspaper offices were busy until late into the night answering frightened inquiries over the telephone. There was no section of the city that did not feel the shock, and it is claimed by pioneers that it was the most pronounced ever experienced in this city.
Tacoma-The earthquake shock last night was the most severe pioneers can remember. the earth motion appeared to move from north to south and the shaking was so strong that people in buildings were apprehensive.
The oscillations lasted about fifteen seconds. No harm, so far as can be learned, was done by the earthquake.
Many people believe there has been some seismic disturbance in the vicinity of Mount Rainier, and connect the shock last night with it.
Ballard-The shock was felt more distinctly on Ballard Avenue and the water front than in the northern part of the city. The brick blocks swayed in some instance to such a degree that the people on the top floors ran out in fright, thinking that the buildings were about to collapse.
The Times relegated the news to the bottom of the front page: after all, the Russo-Japanese war was going on, and besides, a wandering tramp had found a bunch of gold in the snow and returned it to the man who lost it: