Magnitude 3.1 earthquake felt in Squamish and Sunshine Coast

Dec 19 2017, 9:07 pm

A minor seismic event was detected and felt late this morning approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Vancouver in the Coast Mountain Range.

According to Natural Resources Canada, the earthquake hit at 11:36 a.m. and had an epicentre located in Salmon Inlet, just northeast of Sechelt. It had a shallow depth of just five kilometres

Residents in Squamish and the Sunshine Coast took to social media after feeling the ground move beneath them.

Of course, no damage is expected given the low magnitude of the earthquake. However, for the Metro Vancouver region, this was the closest detectable earthquake since the magnitude 4.3 earthquake that hit east of Victoria under the Strait of Georgia on December 29, 2015.

Hundreds of earthquakes strike B.C. each year, but only a small fraction are detectable and felt.