July 11, 2009 in Region

Small quake rattles Methow Valley

The Spokesman-Review

A small earthquake shattered the Saturday morning calm in the Methow Valley but apparently caused no damage.

Jane Pappidas, who lives with her husband outside Winthrop, said she felt the shaking, then heard a sound: “I thought something had blown up. It felt like a blast.”

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a quake measuring 2.4 on the Richter Scale, about two miles south of Winthrop and six miles north northwest of Twisp. It was estimated at a depth of 6.7 miles.

An Okanogan County sheriff’s dispatcher said the office received numerous calls reporting the disturbance, but no reports of damage.

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