Good evening, Netizens…
Omak and Tonasket were mildly rocked this morning with a 4.6 magnitude earthquake shortly after 5:09 AM but there are no reports of damage, although the quake was felt as far away as Grand Coulee, Wilbur and even a handful of early risers in Spokane.
Sitting in the Great Chair overlooking the Virtual Ballroom and Garden at that hour, I admit I missed the ground motion. In fact, despite being up and consuming vast quantities of strong coffee, I'm not certain even a 4.6 shaker beneath Spokane would rattle me much, having endured bigger quakes in my past.
We have had 4.0 shakes around our house in the past. Typically all it means is someone needs to adjust the load balance in the washing machine or reduce one's intake of Dave's special blend coffee. Some say three or four cups of that near-espresso blend will make you think you're having an earthquake, one person once suggested.
However, a few years ago we had a “flurry” of really small earthquakes hit Spokane. Since our home is geologically situated immediately atop a granite dome on Spokane's north side, we didn't necessarily feel the quakes, at least in the beginning. Instead we heard the mini-quakes as they hit, each rumbling deep within the earth. Those few times when we actually felt the earth move, my wife and I rolled over, looked at one another, and promptly went back to sleep.
It seems it takes more than half a pot of my coffee or a 4.6 magnitude earthquake to awaken us fully.