Sunday evening, the Greater Victoria area experienced the effects of an earthquake that occurred in northwestern Washington state.
At approximately 7:21 p.m. PT, a 4.5-magnitude earthquake occurred in an area around 65 kilometres southeast of Victoria. The epicenter was located just east of the Olympic Peninsula, and the quake had a depth of 39 kilometres, as reported by Earthquakes Canada.
The agency stated that no damage had been reported and it was unlikely to occur.
Alison Bird, a seismologist working for the federal government, stated that the impact would be quite gentle, resembling a small tremor or sudden movement.
Individuals on social media shared their experience of perceiving a sudden impact and observed the trembling of structures.
I experienced my first earthquake ever, which originated in the ocean/sea between Seattle and Vancouver. It was an incredibly unusual sensation. If you reside on an upper level with towering buildings surrounding you, there is no alternative but to wait patiently.
In our James Bay home in Victoria, we felt a minor earthquake. As a precaution, we have prepared a box of food, water, and medical supplies and placed it in a secure location for easy access during emergencies. #yyj #earthquake [link to image]
Earthquake just shook the house in Fairfield, Victoria BC <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/yyj?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#yyj</a>
The national center responsible for issuing tsunami warnings confirmed that there were no reports of a tsunami.
The bird mentioned that this serves as a reminder that residents of British Columbia reside in an earthquake-prone region.
She suggests that individuals can get ready by rehearsing the actions to take during an earthquake – which include dropping, covering, and holding on – and also by assembling an emergency kit.
On October 19th, individuals worldwide will participate in earthquake drills to observe International ShakeOut day.
Residents of British Columbia have the option to register for the drill through an online platform.