Vancouver Island residents report feeling magnitude 4.0 earthquake in Washington


Within an hour of it striking, dozens of Vancouver Island residents reported feeling a moderate earthquake that rumbled in northern Washington early Sunday morning.

The magnitude 4.0 earthquake occurred around 7:15 a.m. in the Olympic Mountains region, about 55 kilometres northwest of Seattle, and about 75 kilometres southeast of Victoria.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the quake shook at a depth of nearly 52 kilometres, and by about 8:45 a.m., 84 people had reported feeling the quake to the federal organization.

Most of the reports came from people in Greater Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula and the Sooke region, though several reports also came from as far as Duncan.

Many more people reported feeling the earthquake to the United States Geological Survey, where about 425 people reported feeling some shaking as of 8:45 a.m.

Many of those reports came from the Seattle area and northwards, though a few reports also came in to the United States-based organization from Vancouver Island.

The Christmas Eve earthquake came exactly one week after a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in B.C.’s northern coast was felt by some Vancouver Island residents.

No damage was reported by either quake, and none is expected, according to Earthquakes Canada.

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