Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes off coast of Vancouver Island

Jan 17 2019, 12:30 pm

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has detected a magnitude 4.2 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Vancouver Island on Wednesday evening.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at 7:23 pm in a location about 204 km west of Port Hardy at a depth of 10 km.

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A report from the Government of Canada states that the earthquake has caused no damage and that none should be expected, nor is there any risk of a tsunami.

The Canadian report also considered the earthquake to have been both weaker and closer to Port Hardy than the information from USGS.


The location of Wednesday’s earthquake according to the Government of Canada (Government of Canada)

BC was hit by a medley of earthquakes this past fall, most notably a series of magnitude 6+ earthquakes that struck throughout October 21 and 22 in a similar area.

Back-to-back magnitude 7.0 and 5.7 earthquakes also shook Alaska in December, causing damage to roads and buildings.

– With files from Simran Singh

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