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Large Earthquakes off BC Coast: No Tsunami Warnings, Damage or Injuries

23 October 2018

Earthquakes Canada also reported a magnitude-4.4 aftershock from the first quake before midnight.

Multiple #earthquakes felt in parts of #BC, but no reports of damage or injury. KIRO 7 reports that this is where the Explorer plate meets the Juan de Fuca plate. It was one of a trio of earthquakes to occur in quick succession on the same fault line.

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The first-of-their-kind warning sensors developed by Ocean Networks Canada are installed along the Cascadia subduction zone and when fully operating next March will be able to estimate location and magnitude of a megathrust quake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported four quakes, with the first hitting 6.6 magnitudes at a depth of 11 kilometres around 10:39 p.m., while the second was a 6.8 at 10 kilometres deep around 11:15 p.m.

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There are now no immediate reports of casualties or damage following the quakes and no tsunami warning has been issued. The quakes were a result of the plates moving side-to-side relative to each other, as opposed to the vertical motion that tends to create tsunamis, Tobin said.

Natural Resources Canada reported three quakes 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island ranging from 6.8 to 6.5. "It's a horizontal slipping", John Cassidy said in an interview Monday from Victoria.

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A number of earthquakes of that magnitude within a 45-minute window is unusual, but they don't necessarily mean a damaging shaker is imminent, Cassidy said. Cassidy said more were expected.

Large Earthquakes off BC Coast: No Tsunami Warnings, Damage or Injuries