Seattle’s Pioneer Square district after Feb. 28, 2001 quake.
Photo credit: Elaine Thompson AP file, 2001
– “Earthquake registering 6.8 on Richter Scale jolts Seattle/Puget Sound, Feb. 28, 2001.”
“At 10:54 a.m. on February 28, 2001, a deep earthquake centered near the Nisqually Delta northwest of Olympia startles the entire Puget Sound region and causes more than $1 billion in damage to area buildings and roads. The 40-second quake, calibrated at a magnitude of 6.8 on the revised Richter Scale, injures an estimated 200 persons in the region, and is cited as the cause of a fatal heart attack in Burien. Hardest hit structures are located in Olympia, including the State Capitol, and in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The quake is the strongest since 1949, although a “weaker” 1965 temblor caused more damage and was blamed for seven deaths.
“Scientists quickly placed the epicenter of the earthquake at approximately 30 miles below the Nisqually River delta, a point 11 miles north of Olympia, along a subduction zone in which the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate is sliding beneath the North American plate. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake originated in this same area on April 13, 1949, killing eight and causing substantial property damage,” by Walt Crowley, HistoryLink.org, The Free Encyclopedia of Washington State History.
– “Nisqually Earthquake in Seattle, Feb. 28, 2001”
“This is raw footage from the KIRO 7 archive of the Nisqually Earthquake in Seattle, Feb. 28, 2001,” from KIRO TV 7 News, Seattle.