Tremors felt on Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland after 4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes southwest of Ucluelet

Tremors felt on Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland after 4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes southwest of Ucluelet
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The area where the earthquake struck near Ucluelet on Jan. 24, 2020. (USGS)

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck southwest of Ucluelet Friday afternoon and tremors were felt across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Earthquakes Canada said the earthquake occurred at 1:35 PST and was lightly felt around Vancouver Island. It had a depth of 10 kilometres, Earthquakes Canada said.

The earthquake was 36 kilometres south-southwest of Bamfield, 87 kilometres south-southwest of Port Alberni, 138 kilometres west of Victoria and 175 kilometres west-southwest of Vancouver.

Earthquakes Canada said there are no reports of any damage and none would be expected.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has measured the earthquake as a magnitude 4.5 with a depth of 10 kilometres. 

There is no tsunami expected from the earthquake, according to the U.S. National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center.

Many people are reporting having felt the earthquake in places like Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver, among others. Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver’s West End, tweeted that he felt the earthquake and then asked people “are you prepared for a big one?”

You can report if you felt an earthquake to Earthquakes Canada here. 

Back in December, five earthquakes struck north the area where Friday’s earthquake occurred.

For more information on what to do before, during and after a major earthquake, visit the Government of Canada website. 

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