Magnitude 3.5 and 4.0 earthquakes detected near southern B.C.

Dec 19 2017, 12:24 pm

A pair of minor magnitude earthquakes occurred near southern British Columbia overnight.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) detected a magnitude 3.5 seismic event in Washington State with an epicentre 30 kilometres southwest of Tacoma. It had a deep depth of 58.2 kilometres.

This was followed by a larger earthquake off the western coast of Vancouver Island just after 2 a.m. The USGS says it was centred 200 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy and only 10 kilometres beneath the surface.

No damage or injuries were reported for both events.

These are the largest earthquakes to hit near southern B.C. in recent weeks:

 

Feature Image: USGS