Friday, September 9, 2011

Vancouver Earthquake: West Coast Rattled By 6.4 Quake (Video)

The Canada and U.S. West Coast was rattled by an earthquake on Friday afternoon.

The USGS said the 6.7 quake was located off Vancouver Island (see map below).

The USGS said the quake's epicentre was located about 279 km from Vancouver.

According to numerous tweets the quake was felt in Seattle and Vancouver. Initial reports indicate no injuries or damage. NOAA also indicated that there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.

The earthquake was felt as far away as the Okanagan.

B.C.'s coast is a seismically active zone with small quakes not being uncommon. Larger seismic events have struck the area. In 2001, a 6.8 quake struck Washington state causing property damage in Seattle. In 1980 Mt. Saint Helens, located just 150 km south of Seattle, erupted showering ash all over the region and disrupting air travel.

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