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July 12 Earthquake and How to Get Prepared for Emergencies

July 12, 2019 - At 2:51 a.m. today, there was a 4.6 magnitude shallow earthquake centered just east of Everett, WA, felt by many people across the region. So far, no significant impacts have been reported within King County, and the City is unaware of any damage on Mercer Island. City facilities were assessed early this morning and deemed safe to occupy. If you do notice damage to your house, or have any concerns, please call our City’s building inspectors at 206-275-7605.

This is a good time to review best practices for surviving earthquakes (“Drop, Cover, and Hold On”)and how to be self-sufficient after a bigger regional event that would disrupt many services, utilities, and roadways.

For many years, the City’s Emergency Management program has been helping residents get prepared for natural disasters through classes, outreach education, and volunteer team trainings. Learn more about preparing for earthquakes and how to build an emergency kit at:

That webpage also hosts information about signing up for the City’s emergency alerting system “Alert King County” that is used for major emergencies, such as a larger, more destructive earthquake. 



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