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LISTEN: Reporters 'rock and roll' through 2001 Nisqually earthquake

Twenty years ago Sunday, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Puget Sound region. If you went through the Nisqually quake, you probably have a story to go with it.

KNKX’s Paula Wissel -- along with other reporters working in the region -- experienced it. One thing about the quake was its timing. It struck on a Wednesday morning, at exactly 10:54 a.m.

 

It was a busy news day, with reporters at news conferences in Seattle and covering the Legislature in Olympia. Bill Gates was demonstrating new technology to a roomful of teachers. A basketball tournament was underway at the Tacoma Dome.

 

Listen above as these reporters share their earthquake memories -- and hear some of those rumbling moments caught live.

 

Reporters take cover under a conference table in the Seattle mayor's press room during an earthquake on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001. The quake, centered near Olympia, caused major damage to many structures as well as knocking out power to thousands.
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The Associated Press file
Reporters take cover under a conference table in the Seattle mayor's press room during an earthquake on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001. The quake, centered near Olympia, caused major damage to many structures in the area as well as knocking out power to thousands.

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.
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