Two earthquakes rumble near Port Alice Wednesday

Two earthquakes rumble near Port Alice Wednesday
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Earthquakes Canada reported two earthquakes overnight west of Port Alice on April 17, 2024.

Earthquakes Canada says there were two earthquakes northwest of Port Alice on Wednesday, and no damage is expected from either.

The first was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake at 2:46 p.m. Wednesday, then the second, which was 4.3 magnitude, occurred hours later at 11:06 p.m..

In both instances, Earthquakes Canada says no damage would be expected and it was not felt. Additionally, no tsunamis would be expected following these quakes.

Both earthquakes occurred 191 kilometres west of Port Alice.

Historically, the largest recorded earthquake to happen in this region was a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on June 24, 1970. The second largest was a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on June 23, 1929.

The most recent large earthquake was a 6.6 magnitude on October 22, 2018.

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