4.9 quake hits near Victoria, Canada; shaking felt in Seattle
The epicenter was 19km northeast of Victoria and struck just before midnight. A tsunami warning has not been issued.
No injuries have been reported, while the seismic activity was reportedly 42km deep, according to CBC.
Nearby Vancouver has shut down its SkyTrain Expo, M-line, due to the quake. The authorities say it will only reopen once the situation is considered safe, TransLink BC is reporting on its Twitter feed.
The Vancouver Mayor’s office says there have been no reports of any major damage in the city, with no power outages either.
An auditor general’s report in 2014 mentioned that British Columbia is not prepared for a major earthquake. Experts say that a quake with a magnitude of 7.3 could prove catastrophic, resulting in as many as 10,000 deaths, while some buildings would collapse, the Vancouver Observer reports.
The last major earthquake to hit the area was on Vancouver Island in 1946.
Be prepared for aftershocks. The 4.9 magnitude earthquake was 19 km (12 mi) NNE of Victoria, BC.— Vancouver Weather (@yvrwx) December 30, 2015
Earthquake at Saanich BC in Canada Felt shake near Seattle, Mount Vernon Anacortes and Oak Harbor all in Washington State— alexserrano (@HydroVortex21) December 30, 2015
Mag 4.8 #Earthquake near Seattle. Felt all over Metro Vancouver just a few min ago. 911 being overflowed with callers asking about quake.— ScanBC (@ScanBC) December 30, 2015