Offshore earthquake near Alaska Panhandle strikes west of Northern B.C.

Meanwhile, seismic activity has been taking place in northern territories and near Vancouver Island

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      This afternoon, an offshore quake rumbled off the coast of the Alaska Panhandle, west of Northern British Columbia.

      The quake struck at 2:19 p.m. (B.C. time) today (November 23).

      The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 4.4-magnitude quake.

      At a depth of 11 kilometres, the epicentre was located 53 kilometres (33 miles) southwest of Sitka, Alaska; 201 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Juneau, Alaska; 431 kilometres (268 miles) northwest of Prince Rupert, B.C.; and 455 kilometres (282 miles) south of Whitehorse, Yukon.

      Earthquakes Canada

      Meanwhile, some recent seismic activity has been taking place in Canada’s territories in the North.

      According to Earthquakes Canada 5.3-magnitude quake hit islands in Northern Nunavut at 7:50 p.m. (B.C. time) on November 22, followed by at least 20 aftershocks, with the largest one being 3.5-magnitude. (The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 4.9-magnitude temblor.)

      The epicentre, at a depth of 18 kilometres (11 miles), was located 173 kilometres south of Resolute, Nunavut.

      Last week, a 4.4-magnitude quake struck in the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories on November 17.

      Earthquakes Canada

      In addition, a small quake was reported as felt in Victoria, B.C., last week.

      Earthquake Canada measured it as a 2.4-magnitude quake that struck at a depth of 25 kilometres (16 miles) at 8:44 p.m. on November 19.

      The epicentre was located 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of Victoria, and 85 kilometres (53 miles) south of Vancouver.

      There weren’t any reports of damage.

      Earthquakes Canada

      The day before (November 18), a 4.0-magnitude quake hit Haida Gwaii at 2:19 p.m.

      The epicentre, located on land and at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was positioned 15  kilometres (nine miles) west of the Village of Queen Charlotte and 178 kilometres (111 miles) southwest of Prince Rupert.

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