British Columbia

Earthquake hits off Vancouver Island coast

A 4.9 small earthquake happened just off Vancouver Island on Wednesday afternoon, about 150 kilometres south of Port Hardy.

The quake hit south of Port Hardy just after noon

The 4.9 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday happened on the Juan de Fuca plate. (CBC)

An earthquake hit about 150 kilometres south of Port Hardy, B.C. just after the lunch hour on Wednesday — but it was far enough out in the ocean that it likely didn't so much as rattle dishes on land. 

The quake measured 4.9 magnitude, which is considered relatively light, however, that number often changes upon review.

No damage or injuries have been reported as a result of today's quake, according to Earthquakes Canada.

Anything between 2.5 and 5.4 can be felt but almost always cause only minor damage.

There are about 30,000 similar earthquakes felt worldwide every year and coastal North America is a hotspot.


  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated there were two earthquakes on Wednesday. However, there was only one earthquake of 4.9 magnitude.
    Mar 25, 2015 4:15 PM PT


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