Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Vancouver Island

Dec 19 2017, 6:23 pm

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Vancouver Island at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres just off the western coast of Vancouver Island. Its epicentre was 317 kilometres west of Vancouver, 133 kilometres northwest of Tofino and 94 kilometres south of Port Hardy.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

The tremor was felt in downtown Vancouver buildings and throughout some Metro Vancouver areas. Closer to the epicentre on Vancouver Island, there have been no early reports of injuries or structural damage.

Minutes after the main event occurred, the United States Geological Survey detected two aftershocks just several kilometres away from the first epicentre. The first aftershock at 8:20 p.m. measured at magnitude 5.0 while the second aftershock at 8:41 p.m. measured at magnitude 4.2.

Further aftershocks following major earthquakes can be expected in the hours, days, weeks or even months to come.

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