A small earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon near Connell.
Tom Yelin, seismologist with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, said he initially thought the magnitude 2.0 earthquake was caused by an explosion consistent with a quarry blast. But he did not find any quarrys nearby on the map. It now appears to have been a shallow, natural earthquake.
“That’s not unusual in that part of Washington,” he said.
The quake was centered 19 miles southeast of Othello and around 25 miles northeast of Hanford, the seismic network said. A U.S. Geological Survey map shows the quake centered just south of Connell off Highway 395.