An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 rolled through America's Pacific Northwest last Wednesday at 10:55am, including through the heart of Seattle, Washington.
The Associated Press reports 12 people were treated at Seattle's Haborview Medical Centre, three for serious injuries. There were no other immediate reports of injuries.
The quake struck close to the Redmond home of Microsoft, but damage was minimal, said a public relations agency spokeswoman for the software giant. There was some window and tile damage at the company's Sammamish campus, she said. Microsoft has asked employees there to work from home until the damage is evaluated. The company reports no other damage and said operations continue. Visiting the scene, President Bush said the San Andreas fault is likely to be the only thing splitting Microsoft for several months.
Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, was speaking to a conference of educators at the Westin Hotel in Seattle when the earthquake hit. As it struck he left the stage. It is believed he was unconcerned about the building's walls caving in but he was apparently paranoid about the instability of its windows.