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There were 7 earthquakes off the coast of Vancouver Island in the past 24 hours


Did anyone feel that?

A grand total of seven earthquakes ranging from magnitude 4.3 to 6.8 took place on Sunday night and Monday morning off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The first quake, of 6.6 magnitude, struck about 218 km southwest of Port Hardy, at 10:39 pm and had a shallow epicentre of 10 km.

The second and strongest tremor, with a magnitude of 6.8, was detected just 37 minutes after the first, at 11:16 p.m, and was located near the first quake.

At 6.5 magnitude, the third seismic event occurred 223 km southwest of Port Hardy at 11:22 p.m.

Three more follow

As if that weren’t enough, three smaller aftershocks followed the major 6+ magnitude quakes.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the magnitude 4.9, 4.4, and 5.2 earthquakes also occurred around the same epicentre at 11:36 p.m., 1:43 a.m., and 9:27 a.m. respectively.


All of these tremors took place on the Explore Plate, which experts say is not in the same subduction zone where the “Big One” would hit B.C.

However, these quakes would have caused major damage if they were closer to land. Since the epicentre was on the open ocean, no damage was expected, and no tsunami warnings were issued.

Sunday night’s 6.8 magnitude tremor was the largest earthquake in BC since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on October 27, 2012, in Haida Gwaii. Several Victoria Buzz readers reported being able to feel the massive shake.

The seven consecutive seismic events comes just days after BC’s largest earthquake drill on October 18th.

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Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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