Very strong earthquake near the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada – NO Tsunami – NO serious damage

Last update: April 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm by By

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Update 17:35 UTC : And to complete the story we add a video from CBC where a meteorologist/seismologist explains exactly the same what we have reiterated soon after the earthquake struck :

Update 14:55 UTC : The seismogram from this earthquake as it was registered at a station in Oregon.

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Update 14:15 UTC : The aftershocks so far :

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Update 13:28 UTC : A video roundup (compilation) which we like a lot

Update 09:33 UTC : Lower Mainland videos as compilated by Gloalnews Canada. Nothing spectacular, but some swaying of chandeliers.

Update 09:25 UTC : Pat Quealey from Emergency Management B.C. said they are hearing there may be some minor damage, but no significant damage. However, they are checking into reports that a First Nations lodge may have shifted on its foundations during the earthquake.

Update 05:03 UTC : A word of “Thank You” to all those people who have felt this earthquake and have reported what they have felt to this site. We (the people behind earthquake-report.com) and our many readers from all over the world are really appreciating your contributions. Together we make the best report in the world!

Update 04:38 UTC : The graphic below gives an overview of the historic earthquakes in the greater epicenter area (courtesy British Columbia Institute of Technology)
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On October 28 2012 a Massive (much stronger than today) Magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck along the Queen Charlotte sound. Click here to read our in-depth article of this earthquake.

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Update 04:30 UTC : USGS has now decreased the Magnitude by one point to M6.6 (initially M6.7). Recalculations of Magnitudes are a normal aspect of earthquakes (very complicated science). The main movement should have been a North-West to South-East (see beachball below)

Update 04:23 UTC : The map below shows the tectonic plates in the greater epicenter area. The star represents the epicenter below the North American plate. Very strong to even massive earthquakes are not uncommon here due to the strong movement of the plates. Left plate : the Pacific plate – Right plate : North American continental plate – South plate : Explorer plate – The area has really complicated tectonics partly with all kings of faulting along the different tectonic plates.

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Image courtesy and copyright British Columbia Institute of Technology

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Update 04:15 UTC : Max Wyss theoretical damage engine does not expect any injuries or fatalities from this earthquake. Always nice to see our expectations confirmed

Update 04:06 UTC : Every experience report we receive from Canadians has also an MMI shaking intensity value as it was perceived by the reporting people. This tels us a maximum average light shaking (MMI IV) which would not lead to any damage. A report from Port Hardy (close to the epicenter) is confirming this.

Update 04:06 UTC : In downtown Vancouver some residents in high rises buildings said they felt their building or chandeliers sway.

Update 04:02 UTC : Historical seismicity map for area around Vancouver Island M6.6 strike-slip quake (courtesy Jascha Polet). The historical Faulting Mechanism map shows mainly a horizontal strike/slip mechanism in the area. Earthquakes are occurring at both sides of the subduction zone.

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Update 03:56 UTC : Residents in Port Hardy said the ground shook for about 35 to 40 seconds. The I Have Felt It map below shows only weak to very weak shaking on Vancouver Island.

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Update 03:54 UTC : Most reports we are seeing right now are telling fallen objects in houses, nothing seriously. Groceries were knocked off the shelves at the local Overwaitea store. People are saying they felt it as far away as Langley and Kelowna. People are also reporting that the shaking lasted about 20 to 30 seconds.

Update 03:52 UTC : We notice multiple moderate to strong aftershocks in the epicenter area

Update 03:49 UTC : The same area was hit by a M6.9 earthquake in 1918. That earthquake was a little to the South East and below land. The epicenter of this earthquake is on top of the subduction zoner where the Pacific plate subducts the North American plate.

Update : Initial Focal Mechanism of the earthquake as reported by Jascha Polet, seismologist. The beachball shows a strike/slip mechanism (mainly horizontal movement). This was also the case in most historic earthquakes in the area.

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Update : The strongest shaking as perceived by people along the Vancouver Island coast should be MMI V or moderate shaking.

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OFFICIAL TSUNAMI STATEMENT :
PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
820 PM PDT WED APR 23 2014
UPDATED EVALUATION PROVIDED BELOW.
…THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH    COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA…
EVALUATION
* THERE IS NO TSUNAMI DANGER FOR THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.
* THIS EVALUATION IS BASED ON EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION AND HISTORIC TSUNAMI RECORDS.

Update : Luckily it is evening and winter in Canada right now so that people will be staying away from beaches. Although there is NO tsunami danger, people should not come too close to the shore as strong currents cab always happen.

Update : The earthquake happened in a merely unpopulated part of the island and relatively close to Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, Canada

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94km (58mi) S of Port Hardy, Canada
157km (98mi) W of Campbell River, Canada
176km (109mi) W of Courtenay, Canada
201km (125mi) WNW of Port Alberni, Canada
335km (208mi) WNW of Victoria, Canada

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-23 20:10:10

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-24 03:10:10

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 12:07 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 12:07 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 12:07 4.2 14 MAP I Felt It
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 05:16 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 05:16 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 05:16 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 03:41 4.2 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 03:41 4.2 15 MAP I Felt It
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 03:20 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 03:20 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Vancouver Island Canada Region Apr 24 03:16 6.7 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Helena - Pictures on wall rattled, floor moved slightly on second story home lasted about 2.5-4.0 seconds.
  • Port Hardy - No damage. Frightening. doesn't appear to be any damage. fruit trees were still shaking after shock.
  • Comox BC - The whole house shook back and forth for about 30 seconds.
  • Vancouver - we felt just gentle swaying on the 11th floor of our apt. building. The lamp suspended from the ceiling was swaying. it stopped in a couple minutes or so. Shaking took place at around 8:15 pm.
  • abbotsford - just happened at 8:12 p.m. lamps are swinging
  • Campbell river - Just happened at around 8:15 pm bc time shook our chairs back and forth
  • Courtenay B.C. - Bumping feeling as I sat at my computer...chandeliers swaying for 5 mins...
  • Campbell river - Felt like house was moving, shifting.
  • Comox - no damage, just clothes hanging in closet swaying movement and that earthquake feeling on the floor
  • In my room - The shaking made me feel dizzy since I didn't know what was happening
  • Richmond - My ceiling is moving
  • tahsis - no damage
  • vancouver - My dad says he was at work and felt his office building shaking. He's experienced an earthquake in his office before and says this one was worse. His blinds were swaying when this one happened.
  • Qualicum Beach - FELT LIKE YOU WERE DIZZY... BUSHES WERE MOVING OUTSIDE THE WINDOW IN RHYTHM TO THE MOTION OF THE HOUSE. YOU COULD SEE THE HOUSE MOVING AND THE CLOCK ON THE WALL MOVING.LASTED ABOUT 40 SECONDS
  • Courtenay, Van. Isle BC - Approx 8:10 pm Pacific Time on April 23rd 2014 Very weak shaking, mild but audible rattling from ornaments etc. No damage.
  • Surrey, BC - Lights were swaying
  • Squamish - sitting in my living room, felt a swaying and noticed the blinds and the power lines outside were swaying as well
  • north vancouver - slight shaking a good half minute with several minutes of very light continued shaking after the event; we are on the 8th floor of a high-rise and had a definite motion-sickness sensation
  • Vancouver - Felt light shaking in Port Coquitlam, just outside of vancouver. Lasted for maybe 5-10 seconds. door swayed back and forth, 2nd story office building.
  • Vancouver - I didn't drink and I started to see blinds swinging throughout the office.
  • Bella bella - Felt tremors that started about 3:00 pm
  • Quesnel - Felt shaking through my chair and all the blinds were swaying about 2 inches back and forth and circular.
  • Vancouver - I'm on the eighteenth floor of an apartment building. I felt swaying as if I was getting dizzy. I looked at the hanging dining room lamp and it was swaying and my parrot was freaking out.
  • Richmond, BC - About 8:20pm noticed water in our 45,000 litre swimming pool sloshing back and forth about 2 to 3 inch rise & fall.
  • Ucluelet - moderate sliding (no shaking)
  • SQUMAISH - AT WORK IN THE KITCHEN I FELT AS THOUGH I WAS GETTING DIZZY. THE PANS HANGING UP WERE SWAYING BACK AND FORTH, EAST TO WEST. IN THE LOUNGE THE LIGHTS WERE DOING THE SAME. PATRONS WERE ASKING IF I FELT THE QUAKE. NO DAMAGE
  • Merville - Swaying perceived for a few seconds.
  • Richmond, BC - Noticed at @ 8:20 pm our 45,000 litre swimming pool started swishing gently back and forth rising/falling about 2 or 3 inches. Still moving 1/2 hour later.
  • Courtenay - Felt the whole house shake for about 35 seconds, computers moved water in glasses sloshed.
  • port alberni - the chair I was sitting in and the lamp swayed.
  • royston - movement for a couple of seconds
  • Vancouver - We were at the 23rd floor and suddenly felt a strong feeling of dizziness. We also noticed our kitchen lamp suspended from the ceiling to be swaying moderately. It lasted for around 10-15 seconds and was scary to say the least.
  • Richmond - feel very strong shaking in 16 floor highrise with sound of windows' shaking and last about 20 seconds
  • Campbell river - Scared my children. Felt whole building rock. We live on the third floor of an apartment and items fell off our window sill!
  • Comox bc - No damage
  • Port Moody - On the 19th floor of a concrete high-rise. Could hear the windows making cracking noises and the blinds swayed. Pictures also rattled.
  • Squamish - felt like rolling in a soft wake of a boat. blinds, and chandeliers were swaying
  • Colwood - My son came out of bed asking what the shaking was.
  • Powell River - The chandelier was swinging, the rhododendrum plant looked like it was swinging. I felt like I was swaying. No damage done.
  • Burnaby - I just came from my Zumba class and was seat on a couch and thought that I was feeling dizzy so I watched my hanging lamp to confirm whether it was a earthquake or only me feeling dizzy after exercising. I saw the lamp moving from one side to another and let my husband know to leave the apartment. I lived many years in Mexico city, so I am able to feel easily when an earthquake is happening.
  • Vancouver - Felt the building sway slightly and the lights that hang from the ceiling were swaying for 10-15 seconds.... also felt a bit dizzy and disoriented for a few seconds.
  • Campbell river - No damage, some pictures on walls moved, couch shook and pedestal light shook.
  • Vancouver - Our high-rise building was swaying gently for about 5 or 6 seconds. I heard one little creak of a window frame, but no damage.
  • City - I was at home working on my computer, when I felt my body shaking. Initially I thought it was my heart shaking and realize the building was shaking. It lasted about a few seconds. One thought that came to mind was I would not have enough time to get out and if the quake was strong .. I am not sure this building would be standing. Best Ashie
  • Roysto - Dogs were acting really weird. Didn't feel anything, under counter lights in kitchen were doing a brown-out thing
  • comox bc - hanging lights swinging, large plants shaking, lasted about 15 seconds rolling motion
  • Courtenay - Felt dizzy. Building swayed for maybe 30 secs. No damage.
  • Comox - Gentle swaying , no damage , clock pendulum swaying , aprox 20-30 seconds
  • Vancouver - Chandelier was swinging from side to side, my mother had just past by the table thought she had bumped it. Felt the ground move from side to side, but dismissed it but felt uneasy as the chandelier was swinging more than it would if a person had bumped it.
  • Chilliwack - Was in the barn shortly after 8PM when I suddenly noticed all the chicken feeders swaying. The hens were asleep and I hadn't been near the feeders myself so I wondered why. Now I know!
  • Vanderhoof - I asked my sisters and they said we had one omg yes around 800pm ish
  • Halfmoon Bay - noise like a truck... ....then slight shaking, my dogs knew it before it happened.
  • Courtenay bc - Blinds shook for 30 sec, chandeliers shook for 5 min afterwards. Started at 8:11pm. Have not detected any damage.
  • Courtenay - Felt the house shake slightly and didn't realize what was happening until we saw all the hanging lights swaying back and forth for about a minute, another reminder on having an emergency plan in place. Otherwise no damage...
  • Qualicum Beach - Slight swaying felt in my chair. Blinds began to swing back and forth. Very mild. No damage.
  • WhiteRock - Felt dizzy. The Australia Indo plate is breaking up. This is well documented. This was predicted by several decentralized science sources. Felt like punching a banker.
  • Vancouver - first I thought that I was dizzy, but went to the window then I sow many people looking from their indows to the street, so I realized it was a light shake what I have just felt....I hope God save us.
  • Courtenay, BC - No damage. Noticed window blinds moving and lamp shades, then felt some slight swaying.
  • South Surrey - We felt no shaking however just happened to look out at our pool and saw some crazy rippling going on in the water (we have an inground concrete pool). Sorry we don't know the exact time but believe it was somewhere between 8:15pm & 8:30pm.
  • Merville - Chair I was sitting in started to vibrate long enough for me to wonder what was happening. Water in glass also vibrated. Lasted around 30 seconds. No damage.
  • Pemberton - We felt shaking and noticed that the chandelier was swaying. As we went to walk outside, we felt dizzy. The swings on the swing set were also swaying back and forth.
  • maple ridge - was in a meeting, many felt the earthquake and many felt very woozy..it was a very weird feeling.
  • Kyuquot - Some houses shook quite a bit. One chimney shook back and forth. Most people reported strong shaking for a few minutes. Didn't hear anyone taking about any property damage.
  • Pitt Meadows - Had sudden vertigo and noticed the hanging lamps swaying as well as the hanging wall pictures (suspended by wire-mobile). Mentioned to others in the room but they were watching TV and did not notice.
  • Squamish, BC. - Was texting and thought I felt dizzy
  • Sayward - We had a lot shaking, dishes rattling, could see power lines outside swinging. Nothing fell or broke. It seemed to last a long time. We didn't feel any of the aftershocks at our house.
  • Vancouver - Around 8:15 on the 19th floor of a high rise, felt slightly dizzy and disoriented sitting at my desk. Feeling passed after about 10-20 seconds.
  • Kyuquot - good 20 seconds of vigorous shaking. The whole village evacuated to higher ground. No Tsunami. (via emsc)
  • Vancouver Island - Was having a second glass of wine - thought, at first, that I better not have any more - then realized that it was an earthquack - (better stop the wine) - lasted about ten to fifteen seconds. Noticed almost immediately that many, many folks on Facebook around northern Vancouver Island, reported feeling the quake. (via emsc)
  • Port Alice - Shaking strongly, house and land
  • Port Mc Neill - unlike the other earthquakes I have felt.....it was more of a swaying/shaking... it really shook our house...I felt like the house might be damaged or collapse. It was very scary! (via emsc)
  • Sointula - Pretty good shake. Surprised that I felt the need to get up and take cover. (via emsc)
  • Campbell River - Felt bed shaking and the sound of a large truck
  • Courtenay - Noticed fireplace tools clanging and tv rocking, no damage.
  • Maple Ridge BC - was in a meeting. felt very woozy..was the weirdest feeling.
  • Port Hardy - Back deck was squeaking, trees were shaking, seemed as if a huge truck was going by.
  • Courtenay - Didnt really notice anything, except my Facebook page went crazy with notices from local folks who did feel it.
  • Campbell River - light swaying of suspended lights and lampshades for about 20 seconds
  • Powell River - No property damage, could feel the ground move under my feet, my shed office swayed, pictures swayed, and outside bird feeders swayed. Seemed to last a long time, but probably only about 25 seconds, maybe, or a bit more. Freaky, but exciting in a way.
  • Campbell River - No damage here and have not heard of any damage from other family who live here. Am staying temporarily at a mobile home and it was shaking quite strongly. Thanks for the work you do on your site. It is very satisfactory to read so much detail and analysis. MSO Address of the mobile is 3120 North Island Hwy. C.R.
  • Moncton St. - about 8:20m Apr. 23rd our light fixtures were swaying... didn't feel anything tho as we were watching Paul McCartney's Rock Show! :)
  • GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 03:10 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 03:10 6.6 11 MAP I Felt It
  • Powell River, BC - No damage, felt dizzy
  • Port McNeill - I was on second storey of my frame house. Initially, it felt like something bumped into the sofa I was laying on. There was a sound that came with that. Then the chandeliers started swinging and the house was swaying and a quiet rumble. Looked like house was swaying back and forth about a foot. Something fell downstairs or maybe drywall cracked. Haven't been able to figure that out yet. The shaking has left my head whoozy and my cat has wedged himself into a corner of sofa, unlike him!
  • Vancouver - didn't feel the initial quake
  • port coquitlam - I felt dizzy and found chandelier was spining and plastic stick handles of the blinds were swinging side to side.
  • Kelowna - Kelowna we live on 5th floor, building, light, blinds swaying , aprox 1 min.
  • EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 24 03:10 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Apr 24 03:10 6.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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