October 31, 2012 | LXXII, No. 31

Canadian quake felt in Nespelem

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake off the coast of British Columbia Saturday evening was felt as far away as Nespelem.

Colleen Leskinen called Tuesday to report that she and members of her family were sitting at the kitchen table after dinner and things started swaying. Leskinen said she looked up at the kitchen clock and it said 8:13.

The British Columbia quake, some 660 miles northwest, was recorded at 8:04 p.m.

Leskinen said that the first sign was the sound of the wind chimes.

“I looked up and the chandelier was swinging,” the Nespelem resident said.

And there were other things hanging in the kitchen that were swaying.

“The wind chimes are made from pie tins, so it takes a lot to make them move and sound off,” Leskinen added.

She said they went outside and couldn’t see anything. “But things got real quiet,” Leskinen said.

An aftershock, measuring 6.2, was recorded in the same area early Tuesday morning.

When told this, Leskinen said that at about 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, her hound dogs started putting up a fuss, and she went outside to see what was happening.

“I couldn’t see anything wrong, and I didn’t feel anything like I did before,” she said.

The hound dogs started baying at the same time of the aftershock.

“I wonder if others in the area felt anything,” Leskinen noted.

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