Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude shakes southwest British Columbia


Update: An earthquake of 6.5-magnitude which rumbled across Vancouver Island was felt as far away as B.C.’s Okanagan Valley to the east and Seattle to the south, but caused no injuries, but little damage when it hit midday Friday. The estimated 6.5-magnitude tremor occurred at 12:41 p.m. PT, with an epicentre about 51 kilometres off the west coast of the island, about 300 kilometres west of Vancouver. No tsunami warning was issued.

At research scientist at the Pacific Geosciences Centre in Victoria,  Honn Kao indicated that the tremor was significant, but not large enough to present a danger in the ocean..

“Usually if the earthquake is bigger than magnitude 7, then there will certainly be a possibility that a significant tsunami can be generated,” explained Kao, adding that “For an earthquake with this kind of magnitude … although the possibility is still there … we don’t think the threat can be as devastating as those big ones.”


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