Small earthquake rattles south of Victoria

Small earthquake rattles south of Victoria
Source: UCGS
USGS's estimated intensity map shows south Vancouver Islanders could have felt the midnight quake.

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake rumbled just south of Victoria near midnight Tuesday.

The epicentre of the earthquake was recorded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) southeast of Oak Harbour, Washington, around 62 kilometres south of Victoria.

John Cassidy, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada on Vancouver Island recorded the small quake on a seismograph he has in his crawl space.

“My house was shaking! It was very weak shaking,” Cassidy said on Twitter. 

According to USGS the depth of the earthquake has been reassessed to around 61 km below the surface.

As of 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, 21 people had reported feeling the earthquake to the USGS.

Most of those who reported feeling the quake said they felt ‘light’ shaking and lived near Oak Harbour, but Victorians may have felt the midnight rumble as well.

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