4.7M earthquake rumbles off the coast of Port Hardy

4.7M earthquake rumbles off the coast of Port Hardy
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A 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Jan. 8, 2023 west of Port Hardy.

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Port Hardy on Monday evening.

Earthquakes Canada says the epicentre of the earthquake was 186 kilometres west of Port Hardy.

The earthquake happened at 5:41 p.m. and no tsunami is expected from the tremble.

In this region, there are often earthquakes, with a number taking place since 2000.

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Earthquakes Canada shows the number of earthquakes with a magnitude larger than 2.0 since 2000. (Earthquakes Canada)

The most recent large earthquake to take place in the region happened on Oct. 28, 2012 with a magnitude of 7.8.

The largest earthquake in Earthquakes Canada’s records for the region took place on Aug. 22, 1949 with a magnitude of 8.1.

Anyone who felt the trembles is asked to fill out a report with Earthquakes Canada.

Recently, residents of Vancouver Island reported feeling an earthquake that shook in Washington state on Christmas Eve. The 4.0 quake happened around 7:15 a.m. in the Olympic Mountains region.

Most of the reports came from people in Greater Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula and the Sooke region, though several reports also came from as far as Duncan.

The Christmas Eve earthquake came exactly one week after a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in B.C.’s northern coast was felt by some Vancouver Island residents.

-With files from CHEK’s Adam Chan

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