Vancouver Island Earthquake Registers 5.1 Magnitude

Posted: Updated:
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit hit about 170 kilometres west of Port Hardy on Friday morning. (U.S. Geological Survey)
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit hit about 170 kilometres west of Port Hardy on Friday morning. (U.S. Geological Survey)

VANCOUVER - An earthquake has rattled the area off northwestern Vancouver Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey says 5.1 magnitude quake hit at 5:57 Friday morning.

It was centred under the Pacific Ocean, about 170 kilometres west of Port Hardy, B.C.

The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre says the quake was not strong enough to generate a dangerous wave.

The shaker occurred in a region where earthquakes are common because of the movement of several plates of the earth's crust.

Natural Resources Canada says more than 100 magnitude 5 earthquakes or stronger have occurred off British Columbia in the last 70 years, including the magnitude 7.7 quake, the second strongest ever recorded in Canada, that jolted the west coast of Haida Gwaii last October.

Also on HuffPost:

Earthquake Strikes China
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

1946 Vancouver Island earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B.C. due for mega-earthquake along coast - British Columbia - CBC ...

Vancouver Island Earthquake Watch | Facebook

Earthquake potential for Vancouver Island

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake reported off the coast of Vancouver Island

Five earthquakes Friday morning including a negative magnitude

Haida Gwaii, Alaska quakes many be linked