3.7 magnitude earthquake reported overnight near Kitsap County

Residents in Jefferson County, Kitsap County and as far north as Bothell reportedly felt the small rumble just after 1 a.m. Thursday.

PORT LUDLOW, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) and the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 3.7 earthquake in Jefferson County early Thursday morning.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 1:08 a.m. Thursday at a depth of about 14.6 miles, 8.6 miles northwest of Poulsbo.

Residents in Jefferson County, Kitsap County, and even Seattle and Bothell reportedly felt the small rumble.

KING 5 viewer Matt in Hansville said he felt a quick jolt, like something hit his house.

RELATED: Here’s How ShakeAlert Notifies Washington Residents When an Earthquake Strikes Nearby

“I lived in Southern California for a number of years and remembered all the tremors I used to feel living in Oxnard,” Matt said.

Another viewer, Catherine, said she felt a slight rumble inside Bothell and that it rattled closet doors, waking her up in the middle of the night.

The National Weather Service’s Seattle office, located north of Magnuson Park, also reported that it sensed a slight rumble.

There were no immediate reports of damage. Did you feel the earthquake? Let us know.

The earthquake occurred north of the Seattle Fault Line. According to a study released in July, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Seattle Fault could trigger a tsunami that would reach the Seattle area in just minutes.

RELATED: How to prepare for a major disaster in the Pacific Northwest

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released the study July 7, urging Seattle residents to prepare, even though the last known earthquake on the Seattle Fault occurred about 1,100 years ago.

The recent earthquake was strong enough to move the beach up 23 feet at Restoration Point on Bainbridge Island and sink land at Seattle’s West Point by 3 feet.

Visit dnr.wa.gov/tsunami for more information and resources.

Washington state has the second highest earthquake risk in the United States and one of the highest tsunami risks, according to the Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD).

Last year, the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system was activated in the US state of Washington. The system sends residents an automatic alert on their cellphones, providing valuable seconds of warning to take cover before earthquake shock reaches their location.

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When the ground starts shaking, the ShakeAlert system is designed to detect the earthquake near the epicenter. As the seismic waves propagate from the epicenter, they are picked up by seismic stations operated by PNSN, which provides real-time data to the ShakeAlert system.

After the ShakeAlert system is active, there are two ways to get early warning: the wireless emergency alert system and your phone’s built-in software.

While most phones already have “Emergency Alerts” or “Public Safety Alerts” enabled, state EMD urged the public to check their cellphone to see if wireless emergency alerts are enabled.

Click here for more information on receiving ShakeAlert notifications.

Although the system is designed to give residents time to hide in the event of an earthquake, it cannot predict when an earthquake will strike.

Join KING 5’s Disaster Preparedness Facebook group and learn how you and your community can prepare for disasters.

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