Magnitude 4.4 earthquake detected off Vancouver Island coast

Dec 19 2017, 12:02 pm

The US Geological Survey has detected a magnitude 4.4 earthquake just off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island.

At 8:36 a.m., the earthquake hit near the undersea fault line approximately 177 kilometres west of Port Hardy. Seismologists have identified the epicentre at 50.667°N and129.927°W with a shallow depth of just 10 kilometres.

However, given the far distance from populated areas and relatively low magnitude, the tremor was not felt on land.

This comes after August 12’s magnitude 4.0 event, which had a epicentre located only a few kilometres away from this morning’s earthquake. Both earthquakes are the largest seismic events within the vicinity of southern B.C. since April 23‘s magnitude 6.7 event.

 

Feature Image: USGS