A moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck off the coast of Washington at 08:07 AM local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
There are no victims or car crashes at this moment in the near area.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 253 km (157 miles) SW of Tofino, Canada, 326 km (202 miles) WSW of Port Alberni, Canada and 341 km (211 miles) SW of Courtenay, Canada.
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake can easily cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions.
Catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis have occurred along Washington’s coast at least six times in the past 7,000 years — about every 300 to 600 years. There is a good chance that another earthquake will occur offshore within the next 100 years.
One of the largest active faults in North America, theCascadia Subduction Zone, runs parallel to Washington’s coast, 32 to 70 miles offshore.