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Strong 6.4 Earthquake Strikes Near Vancouver Island Off Canada’s Western Coast, Felt in Seattla WA

Friday, September 09, 2011 at 12:41:35 PM at epicenter
49.474°N, 126.974°W
Depth: 25.9 km (16.1 miles)

“A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off the west coast of Vancouver Island, with tremors felt as far away as Metro Vancouver. The reading was downgraded from the initial magnitude given as 6.7.

But there is no tsunami warning advisory or warning for the U.S. or Canadian coasts, and local police say there are no reports of injuries or damage. However, there could be aftershocks up to magnitude of 5, seismologists warn.

At 12:42 pm PT, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 occurred under the Pacific Ocean about 90 kilometres south of Port Alice, on Vancouver Island. ‘Based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami is not expected,’ the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says.

However, the centre advised that underwater landslides may cause ‘local tsunamis’ at some coastal locations that experienced strong ground shaking.

In the small coastal community of Zeballos, the quake prompted some residents to ‘throw their cats and dogs into the car and prepared to head out of town,” said Carolyne Withrow, who runs the local fuel dock. “It shook for about 40 seconds, then there was silence, then it went again, a little harder.’

Students were evacuated from the village’s elementary school, and many of the 500 residents quickly gathered at the designated emergency meeting grounds, a large, flat field towards the outskirts, where mayor Ted Lewis and the fire chief assessed whether any further action was required.” Read more.

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