An earthquake detected west of Vancouver Island Thursday morning is not expected to result in a tsunami, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The magnitude, as reported by Earthquakes Canada, is 5.8 Mw, at a depth of 7.3 km. It occurred at 8:54 a.m. approximately 170 kilometres west of the Island.
No tsunami is to be expected as a result of the quake, and it is unlikely to have been felt on land.
There is a discrepancy in the number being reported from Earthquakes Canada and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) due to the recording seismometers used.
Emergency Info BC says there is no tsunami threat to B.C. at this time.
There is little to no expectation of population exposure to either a landslide or liquefaction from this quake.
John Cassidy, seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, says the tectonic plates todays quake occurred on is “a very active region.”
M5.8 #earthquake ~170 km west of #VancouverIsland at 8:54 a.m. PT today. No impacts expected.
This was on the Sovanco Fracture Zone that separates the Explorer and Pacific Plates. This is a very seismically active region.
Details: https://t.co/n2LyFlkkiJ pic.twitter.com/sKLT1EIzyC
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) April 13, 2023
Many experts share the belief that an earthquake is the greatest possible calamity the Vancouver Island region can, and will one day undergo.
While impossible to predict, that’s not to say the average person cannot prepare themselves for this event.
The Government of B.C. has a thorough guide on how to prepare for an earthquake on its website.