3 significant earthquakes strike off BC coast early Friday

Jul 5 2019, 1:57 pm

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For the third day in a row, earthquakes rocked the coast of BC early Friday morning.

According the US Geological Survey, three earthquakes struck near Bella Bella throughout the morning hours.

The first was detected at 5:51 am PT, and had an epicentre 186 km west of Bella Bella and had a magnitude 4.7.

The second was the strongest at 5.6, and was 192 km west of Bella Bella and struck seven minutes later at 5:58 am PT.

The third, and last so far, was just minutes later at 6:02 am and had a 4.6 magnitude. It was the furthest at 239 km west of Bella Bella.

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In terms of depth, the first and third were at 10 km, and the strongest one was shallow at 5.1 km.

US Geological Survey

There was no tsunami warning issued following this morning’s earthquake.

On Wednesday evening, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the coast of British Columbia and a separate 4.3 magnitude earthquake was detected farther north in the region on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Thousands of earthquake occur in the province every year, but only a small fraction have a magnitude of 3.0 and over. Wednesday’s 6.2 was the most powerful earthquake in BC since October 21, 2018.

With files from Kenneth Chan.