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From the Archives: When 2001 Legislature had a shake-up

From the Archives: When 2001 Legislature had a shake-up

This photo shows damage to the Legislative Building caused by the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake. (Photos courtesy Washington State Archives) Fifteen years ago this week, the Legislature was forced to find a temporary home, courtesy of the Nisqually Earthquake. The magnitude 6.8 quake occurred late in the morning on Feb. 28, 2001, lasting about 45 seconds. The Legislature was in action that day when the tremor hit. The Senate was in the midst of Democratic and Republican Caucus meetings when the shaking…

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Send us a 2001 earthquake photo!

Send us a 2001 earthquake photo!

As we blogged about earlier today, this is the 10th anniversary of the Nisqually Earthquake, which shook much of Western Washington. Being the historical pack rats that we are, we’d like to collect more photographs showing the damage from that quake. If you have any photos from the Nisqually quake that you’d like to send us, we’d love to receive  them. You can e-mail them either to Patrick McDonald at patrick.mcdonald@sos.wa.gov or Brian Zylstra at brian.zylstra@sos.wa.gov . If you do…

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Where were you when Nisqually Earthquake struck?

Where were you when Nisqually Earthquake struck?

It was exactly 10 years ago today when the Nisqually Earthquake struck much of Western Washington and shut down the 2001 legislative session for a couple of days. The big shake occurred at 10:54 a.m. and caused $2 billion in damage. Check out this story in yesterday’s Olympian about the 6.8-magnitude quake and its aftermath. For those of us who were in the Legislative Building on Olympia’s Capitol Campus, the tremor was a wild, scary ride. But it could have…

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