June 29, 2005

Minor earthquake rattles Yakima, Washington

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 3.5 magnitude earthquake jolted thecity of Yakima in south central Washington state on Wednesday,the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake happened at 7:37 a.m. (1437 GMT) 6 milesbelow the ground in Yakima, located 105 miles southeast ofSeattle, according to a report by the Pacific NorthwestSeismographic Network, a local lab that works with the U.S.Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

A series of stronger quakes jolted California farther southon the West Coast this month, including one offshore thatgenerated a tsunami warning and another 80 miles east of LosAngeles that shattered glass and jostled shelves.