Subj: Two Mild Earthquakes Hit Spokane; No Damage or Injuries
Date: 7/2/01 8:48:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Jul 1, 2001

Two Mild Earthquakes Hit Spokane; No Damage or Injuries

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - No damage or injuries were reported
from two mild earthquakes that rippled through Spokane,
authorities said.

The quakes were felt at 10:45 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. Saturday,
said Bob Stose, dispatcher for the Spokane County Fire

"They were little rumbles. They weren't earth shattering or
anything, just minor," he said.

A series of mild earthquakes struck Spokane on June 25, none
with a magnitude above 3.4. Damage was limited to bricks
falling from a few chimneys, cracked plaster and broken

Penelope Shay, a waitress at a Denny's restaurant, said she
felt last week's quakes more than the two Saturday.

"I thought it was a big huge thunder," she said. "Some of
the staff ... said they felt the building shake, but a lot
of people didn't even realize it."

The region is not historically prone to earthquakes, but
scientists said the newly discovered Latah Creek fault could
be rumbling to life again after a 1.5 million-year dormancy.

A 6.8-magnitude quake struck western Washington on Feb. 28,
causing more than $2 billion damage in the greater Seattle
area but claiming no lives.