Earthquakes Felt Near Vancouver Island

A strong earthquake rocked the coast of B.C., which originated almost 100 km from Port Hardy, at around 8:10 p.m. local time. According to the update provided by Earthquakes Canada, the magnitude of the earthquake is pegged to be around 5.9. Whereas, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center claims to have observed the magnitude of the earthquake to be around 6.7, though it refrained from issuing a tsunami warning. PTWC reported in a bulletin that “a widespread destructive tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data.”

Several residents shared their experience on Twitter as one user, Mariah Wilde (@OceanWilde), tweeted: “#Earthquake at 8:10pm. 6.7 mag, 91km south of Port Hardy. I felt it in Errington! The whole house rocked and made a few noises.” Another user, Leata Brooks of Sechelt alleged that “that was the strongest earthquake I have experienced. Felt my couch move and felt almost like I had motion sickness.” In the tweet, Leata Brooks (@sleepy_nite) stated that “that was the strongest earthquake I have experienced. Felt my couch move and felt almost like I had motion sickness. #scarybutcool”

Moreover, Earthquakes Canada confirmed to have noticed at least one aftershock of magnitude 4.0, which was reportedly felt about half an hour later. However, a Vancouver resident, Helen Crofts, tweeted: “yet another earthquake I didn’t even notice.” Whereas, another twitter user, Danniele Livengood (@DanniLive13), posted: “Definitely felt that earthquake on the 22nd floor, building swaying and it was not the beer I had! USGS says a 6.7 off Port Hardy.”

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