Another Earthquake Hit The Vancouver Island Region Late Friday Night

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A magnitude 4.3 earthquake occurred late Friday evening, at 9:11 pm, just off the coast of Vancouver Island.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was 171 kilometres west of Port Hardy. Also nearby is Tofino, 319 kilometres east-southeast from the epicentre.

The estimated depth of the earthquake is 10 km, which is considered shallow.

The area between northern Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is often subjected to earthquakes as a result of its vicinity to the Queen Charlotte fault-line.

Earthquake B.C.

A map showing the seismic history of the region. | Photo: U.S. Geological Survey

Similarly, almost exactly one month ago, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit the region just off the coast of Haida Gwaii. That earthquake was one of several that week.


In recent history, the strongest earthquake observed along the Queen Charlotte fault was a magnitude 7.8 quake on October 28, 2012.

The largest ever earthquake observed in this same area came in 1949: a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.

Furthermore, both quakes triggered locally-significant tsunamis.

A tsunami warning has not been issued for the quake that occurred Friday night.

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