Mild 2.4 magnitude earthquake strikes 7km NE of Sooke

Mild  2.4 magnitude earthquake strikes 7km NE of Sooke

The US Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake struck 7 kilometres northeast of Sooke on Monday night.

The quake with a magnitude of 2.4 at a depth of 24.2 km was recorded at 7:02 p.m.

People living right across Greater Victoria reported having felt the shaking.

“Felt and very loud in Bear Mountain,” wrote Jo Ann Goodman.

Felt here in East Sooke”, wrote Brenda Aquino.

“Felt like a big truck coming down the road. Felt in Broadmead,” wrote Lisa Currie.

“Felt in Saanich,” wrote Nadine Dimock.

I was the only one in my house that recognized it as an earthquake but we all felt it rumble.
Highlands, Finlayson Arm.” wrote another person on the CHEK News Facebook page. 

“It is a very common description [for small nearby earthquakes] that ?a car hit my house,” says earthquake seismologist John Cassidy with Natural Resources Canada.

“People often describe sounds [including a bang] that likely are the [small] waves interacting with the structure. This was a very small earthquake ? but felt from Victoria to Shawnigan Lake.”

There have been no reports of any damage.


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