Magnitude 4.5 earthquake ‘lightly felt’ in Greater Victoria

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake 'lightly felt' in Greater Victoria

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake in Washington state was felt in Greater Victoria Sunday evening, and locals quickly took to social media to say they felt shaking.

The quake near Marrowstone, Wash., 62 km northwest of Seattle, struck around 7:21 p.m., according to Earthquakes Canada.

“Lightly felt in Victoria region,” Earthquakes Canada said in a details report, adding, “There are no reports of damage, and none would be expected.”

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a depth of 57.2 km.

It says it was 66.4 km south of Victoria, where people posted to Facebook following the quake. One person said, “My place started shaking like never before and cats are scared,” while another added, “I know a lot of (people) felt it.”

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) also posted to Twitter, saying, “We know it was widely felt around the Puget Sound – many of us at PNSN felt it ourselves.”

According to the PNSN, this is the first quake with a magnitude of 4 or higher in Washington state since July 12, 2019. That’s when a 4.6 magnitude quake struck northwest of Monroe.

The B.C. government has earthquake safety tips on its website.

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