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4.5-magnitude quake barely noticed here

Some Whidbey Island residents felt the earth move under their feet early Friday morning.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rolled through the island from the Kitsap Peninsula at 5:25 a.m. The “light earthquake” shook from a depth of 36 miles and was centered about three miles from Kingston, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. No damage has been reported.

Kim Martin, spokesman at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, said she was in bed, listening to public radio when she noticed it.

“It felt like someone was opening a door, like a loud, sucking rumble,” she said. “I thought my son had just come out of his room.”

Martin said she spoke to a number of folks who also felt it on different parts of the island, but the shaking didn’t have any effect on the base.

While some residents usually call 911 when a temblor hits, that didn’t happen this time. On Whidbey, Sheriff Mark Brown and Oak Harbor Police Chief Rick Wallace said they were surprised that nobody made any reports.

Neither man, however, felt the earthquake themselves, but they learned about it from watching TV.

“If it started in Kingston, we must have felt it here,” Brown said. “They said they could feel it all the way up in Victoria.”

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