Earthquake 2001
Governor Locke's Helicopter Tour

Photos by SPC Charles Ames  -   Posted Mar, 2001

Please visit the Washington Emergency Management Division for information
about the recent earthquake, press releases, damage reports and more!







  • A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the Puget Sound area at 10:54 am on 28 Feb, 2001.
  • It was the strongest quake to hit the area since 1949.








  • The epicenter was 30 miles below the surface near Olympia WA.
  • The quake shook the area strongly for more than 40 seconds.







  • The quake closed roads, bridges, airports, schools and businesses throughout the Puget Sound.
  • Although hundreds were injured, there was only one fatality.