British Columbia

Small earthquake rattles south coast of B.C.

Some residents of the south coast of B.C. woke up to a bit of shaking Friday after a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Puget Sound area of Washington state around 5:25 a.m. PT.

Some residents of the south coast of B.C. woke up to a bit of shaking Friday after a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Puget Sound area of Washington state around 5:25 a.m. PT.

There are no reports of damage but people reported feeling the earth move as far away as Victoria and Metro Vancouver's North Shore.

Victoria area resident Margaret Smart was one. "There was this definite movement, the bed moving and this sharp jolt," she told CBC Radio.

Stephan Mazzotti, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, said the earthquake was not large enough to cause any damage, nor is it an indication of a larger one to come.

"It's pretty usual for earthquakes in that area — there are quite a lot of earthquakes in Washington state," he said. "And you'll remember in 2001 there was a fairly large earthquake, not too far from there that created some damage."

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