Earthquake strikes off Vancouver Island's west coast
Shaking felt across Metro Vancouver and northern Vancouver Island
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, officials at the Pacific Geoscience Centre have confirmed, but there are no reports of damage or tsunami warnings.
Initial reports estimated the quake was as large as magnitude 6.8, but those estimates were later downgraded to 6.4.
People report buildings swaying for several minutes from the Fraser Valley to Campbell River at around 12:41 PT p.m., but there are no reports of damage.
Honn Kao, a research scientist at the Pacific Geosciences Centre in Victoria said it's unlikely there is any tsunami danger but people should expect aftershocks. "Usually if the earthquake is bigger than magnitude 7 then there will certainly be a possibility that a significant tsunami can be generated. For an earthquake with this kind of magnitude 6.7, although the possibility is still there...we don't think the threat can be as devastating as those big ones," said Kao.
Translink spokesman Drew Snider felt it in his office on the 17th floor of a Metrotown building in Burnaby, east of Vancouver. "The blinds were swaying back and forth in the windows and it was really a cause for concern because it got so much more magnified by being up in the air. It continued swaying for about three minutes which was enough to make a few people nervous here," he said.
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