British Columbia

Moderate earthquake off west coast of B.C.

A moderate earthquake with its epicentre in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island poses no tsunami danger.

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake 208 kilometres west of Port Hardy was lightly felt

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 6:49 a.m. PT Thursday approximately 200 km west of Port Hardy. (U.S. Geological Survey)

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake was detected Thursday at 6:48 a.m. PT, 208 kilometres west of Port Hardy, B.C., in the Pacific Ocean. 

There is no tsunami threat, nor was there any damage, although there were reports the quake was "lightly felt" in Port Hardy.

Seismologist Alison Bird said the earthquake took place in an active area, but is not significant.

Earthquakes that register between 5 and 5.9 in magnitude are classified as moderate.

In this graphic provided by CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe shows where the Juan de Fuca plate and North America plate come together, making it a seismically active area. (CBC)


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