Earthquake strikes off Vancouver Island

Port Hardy is located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island. (QMI Agency, file)

Port Hardy is located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island. (QMI Agency, file)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 AM ET

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of B.C., about 100 km from Port Hardy, around 8:10 p.m. local time.

Earthquakes Canada pegged the magnitude at 5.9, while the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was 6.7 but did not issue a tsunami warning.

"A widespread destructive tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," the PTWC said in a bulletin.

At least one aftershock, magnitude 4.0, was reported about half an hour later, according to Earthquakes Canada.

Many took to Twitter to report whether or not they'd felt the tremor.

"That was the strongest earthquake I have experienced. Felt my couch move and felt almost like I had motion sickness," wrote Leata Brooks of Sechelt.

But Helen Crofts of Vancouver said, "Yet another earthquake I didn't even notice."

 


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