A University of Washington seismologist says there is no connection between the earthquake in California and those that typically hit the state of Washington.

Bill Steele tells KIT News that scientists are busy watching Northwest fault lines that could someday result in a significant earthquake in the region.

We’re 314 years into the great Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes that can occur 200 years apart up to close to 1,000 years apart.

Steele says that big quake could come today, tomorrow or 100 years from now. He says there is no way to pinpoint when it might happen. But, he assures, the quake in California will not trigger quakes in Washington state.