6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Oregon coast, 600 km from BC

Aug 22 2018, 2:18 pm

There was a major earthquake off the Oregon coast early Wednesday.

According to Emergency BC, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook the region, about 600 km to the nearest point in BC.

No tsunamis were expected following the quake.

The massive Oregon shake comes just hours after a 4.6 magnitude earthquake about 191 km west of Port Hardy.

In June, a tremor measuring magnitude 3.2 was detected in the Strait of Georgia near Saturna Island.

Hundreds of earthquakes strike BC every year, but only a small fraction of these seismic events measure a magnitude of greater than 3.0.

Research shows a crustal earthquake with a magnitude of up to 7.0 could be generated in the Georgia Basin while the megathrust earthquake off the coast of BC could create an event with a magnitude as high as 9.0.

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