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Earthquake off B.C. coast Friday felt in Vancouver


A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Vancouver Island Friday afternoon was strong enough to be felt in parts of Vancouver.


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A magnitude 4.5 earthquake that struck off the coast of Vancouver Island on Friday afternoon was strong enough to be felt in parts of Metro Vancouver.

The seismic event was detected at 1:35 p.m. Pacific time.

The United States Geological Survey says the quake occurred 26 kilometres underground, about 48 kilometres southeast of Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Vancouverites reacted on social media with the typical fare when the ground rattles even a little bit: quips and gifs making light of our deep-seated fear of the big one.

Fortunately, Friday’s quake was not it. There are no reports of damage and no tsunami is expected.

The earthquake was British Columbia’s second of the year, a diminishment in frequency following a burst of seismic activity at the end of December. According to Earthquakes Canada, there were nine tremors off the waters of Vancouver Island between Dec. 23-25, including one every couple of hours the day before Christmas Eve. The December quakes ranged in magnitude from 3.6 to 6.0

with files from The Canadian Press

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