Robby the terrier trots along the hiking trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park Thursday, April 20, 2017. A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck two miles offshore from the park Wednesday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

Minor earthquake jolts Whidbey residents

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck about two miles offshore from Ebey’s Landing Wednes-day night, delivering a brief jolt to many Whidbey Island residents while others slept through it.

The quake occurred at 10:07 p.m. between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island at a depth of about 14 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It mostly got the atten- tion of residents in Coupe-ville, Oak Harbor and Port Townsend but also was felt as far away as Quilcene and Camano Island.

The temblor felt like a high wind slamming the house and only lasted a few seconds, said Richard Vaughn, who lives near Polnell Point on North Whidbey.

One West Beach resident said it sounded like an airplane was about to land on his house.

Others on the Whidbey News-Times’ Facebook page described it as a boom, jolt or subtle shift beneath them, causing dogs to bark or act strangely. One said it caused the bed to shake. Another said it closed doors.

A resident of Crockett Lake Estates on Central Whidbey said she heard a boom, then a rumble and things started to rattle.

A Freeland resident near Smuggler’s Cove Road said she felt her house moving.

Earthquakes with a magnitude between 3.0 and 3.9 are classified as minor, rarely cause damage and occur over 100,000 times a year around the world, according to the USGS.

The last earthquake of note felt by Whidbey residents was a 3.5-magnitude temblor recorded in the San Juan islands about 11 miles northwest of Oak Harbor last April. It was felt as far away as Coupeville.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake about 11 miles north of Victoria, B.C., was recorded Dec. 29, 2015 and could be felt on North and Central Whidbey.