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Earthquake Shakes Up B.C.

An earthquake shakes up B.C., but causes no injuries or damage on Friday because its epicenter was off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. where all was calm, and no tsunami warning had to be issued.

An earthquake shakes up B.C., but causes no injuries or damage on Friday because its epicenter was off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. where all was calm, and no tsunami warning had to be issued.

On Friday a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Zeballos on Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 12;30pm, with shock waves spreading through Metro Vancouver and even south into Seattle. Aftershocks of up to 4.9 followed, and although no injuries or damage was reported, it has shaken up many B.C. residents.

There was no tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, although a warning was sent to be prepared for local swells. However, Vancouver Island provincial emergency centres were activated Friday in case they were needed, and the utility companies, BC Hydro and Telus immediately began checking for any damage to their lines.

Victoria, the capital of B.C. and Nanaimo did not seem to be affected by the quake which was centered much further north, about 80 km south of Port Alice, in the northern area of Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia, and was 23 km deep. In Metro Vancouver, those in high rises did feel some effects of the earthquake when the buildings began swaying a little, but again, fortunately there was no damage.

It was fortunate for the people of B.C. that the quake was not in a largely populated area, as a magnitude 6.4 quake could have caused considerable damage as one about that size did in Christchurch, New Zealand earlier this year.

Natural Resources Canada seismologist John Cassidy said that right now it is not known whether this latest quake could trigger a larger one, but he said “In general, it’s a great reminder for all of us, for the province for local authorities and industries and families to be prepared.”

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