Magnitude 4.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Vancouver Island

Dec 19 2017, 7:36 pm

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded overnight just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 174 kilometres west of Port Hardy.

The USGS reports that it occurred precisely at midnight within a depth of 23 kilometres near the undersea fault line. No damage has been reported.

This comes after a series of earthquakes in the southern Yukon over the past month as well as last week’s 4.3 magnitude earthquake close to Edmonton, which was powerful enough to knock off power and shut down a gas plant.

The strongest earthquake in recent memory in B.C. was the magnitude 6.7 event on April 23. It happened near the northern Vancouver Island coast, had a shallow depth of 10 kilometres and caused tall buildings in Vancouver to sway.


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