Earthquake Rattles Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver Island was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake last Friday, just off the west coast where the epicenter was located south of Port Hardy.

Chris Duffy, director of operations for Emergency Management B.C., said there has been no reports of injuries or damages anywhere in Vancouver, Canada, from the earthquake at this point.

He said the quake was felt fairly strongly in Port Alice.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a warning, saying there was “no destructive widespread tsunami threat.” However, it did warn Vancouver authorities to be prepared for local tidal swells.

The province has activated its Vancouver Island provincial emergency coordinations centre, which will likely remain in place until later this afternoon.

John Cassidy, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, said the quake resulted in dozens of aftershocks across British Columbia, the largest at 4.9 magnitude. He noted this type of an earthquake is relatively common, occurring on average every 10 years off the coast of Vancouver Island.