Offshore earthquake hits west of northern end of Vancouver Island on December 25

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      An offshore quake occurred west of the northern tip of Vancouver Island on Christmas morning.

      It occurred at 9:13 a.m. today (December 25).

      Earthquakes Canada initially reported it as a 4.1-magnitude quake before reassessing it as a 4.5-magnitude seismic event.

      Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 4.3-magnitude quake.

      U.S. Geological Survey

      At a depth of 22 kilometres (14 miles), the epicentre was located 196 kilometres (122 miles) west of Port Hardy, 361 kilometres (224 miles) west of Campbell River, and 531 kilometres (330 miles) west of Vancouver. (The U.S. Geological Survey reported it at a depth of 10 kilometres, or six miles.)

      Earthquakes Canada stated that there wasn't any damage reported and a tsunami was not expected. 

      Last year, a series of five earthquakes, ranging from 4.8- to 6.0-magnitude, occurred in the same area on December 23, 2019. A sixth quake, 4.3-magnitude, hit the Haida Gwaii coastline on the same day.

      Those all preceeded a 6.2-magnitude offshore earthquake struck on Christmas Eve. 

      Earthquakes Canada

      Meanwhile, earlier this week, a 4.5-magnitude quake occurred in northern Yukon at 4:16 p.m. on December 12, according to Earthquakes Canada.

      The epicentre, at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was positioned 123 kilometres (76 miles) southwest of Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories; and 571 kilometres (355 miles) east of Fairbanks, Alaska.

      No damage was reported.

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