6.4 magnitude earthquake in Vancouver Island, Canada, minimal damage, leaves people unhurt
On September 10, 2011 At 10:00 am
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Yesterday the USGS reported a 6.4 magnitude earthquake at 12:41 PDT. For many, it brought back memories of the 1946 earthquake that hit Vancouver Island at a magnitude of 7.3 that was Canada's largest onshore earthquake. The Vancouver Sun reports:
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of northern Vancouver Island Friday, shaking and rattling Metro Vancouver highrises and parts of B.C., but otherwise leaving the province fairly unscathed.
Chris Duffy, director of operations for Emergency Management B.C., said there were no reports of injuries or damages as a result of the quake, which struck just after 12: 30 p.m., about 80 kilometres south of Port Alice, sending dozens of aftershocks as big as 4.9 across B.C. and a slight rattling as far as Seattle, Wash.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a warning, saying there was "no destructive widespread tsunami threat." It did however warn authorities to be prepared for local tidal swells.
In the tiny Vancouver Island community of Zeballos, Arlene Coburn was at the local school when the power flickered off and then on quickly. She said that it felt like the whole building was going to topple over, but nothing fell off the walls. "One big one, and a little tremor, and that was it," she said. "It gave [the school] a good sway."