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1949 Olympia earthquake

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Origin time  19:55:44 UTC
Magnitude  6.7 Mw
Duration  ~ 20 s
Depth  50 km (31 mi)
1949 Olympia earthquake
Date  April 13, 1949 (1949-04-13)
Areas affected  Puget Sound region Washington United States

The 1949 Olympia earthquake occurred on April 13 at 12:55:44 local time with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of VIII (Severe). The shock was located in the area between Olympia and Tacoma, and was felt throughout the state, as well as parts of Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana. It is the largest recorded earthquake to occur in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Eight people were killed and many were injured.


Damage in Olympia from the earthquake was estimated between $500,000 and $1 million by Governor Arthur B. Langlie. Eight buildings on the State Capital campus were damaged by the earthquake, as well as the Old Capitol Building in downtown Olympia.

Total damage from the earthquake are estimated at $25 million.


1949 Olympia earthquake Wikipedia

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