Important historic earthquakes in Canada

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 16:27 5.1 10 MAP
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 16:27 5.2 10 MAP
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 16:27 5.2 10 MAP
USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 16:26 4.6 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 13:59 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 13:42 4.3 10 MAP
GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 13:25 4.3 10 MAP
EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 13:25 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • nanaimo - Very weak shaking
  • USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 08:43 4.5 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 08:43 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 07:13 4.3 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 07:13 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 06:36 4.9 17 MAP
    EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 06:36 4.9 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 06:36 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 06:22 6.5 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 06:22 6.5 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 06:16 6.7 10 MAP
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 06:16 6.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 06:16 6.8 21 MAP
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 05:39 6.6 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Oct 22 05:39 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Oct 22 05:39 6.6 11 MAP
    USGS Old Crow, Canada Oct 08 06:22 3.0 0 MAP
    USGS Yarmouth, Canada Sep 29 13:32 2.5 13 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Sep 18 04:04 3.0 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Sep 10 18:08 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bonavista, Canada Sep 03 01:43 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Aug 21 13:10 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Aug 21 13:10 4.6 12 MAP
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Aug 21 13:10 4.6 10 MAP
    USGS Mayo, Canada Aug 07 13:41 3.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jul 29 09:20 3.0 2 MAP
    USGS Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jul 09 21:11 2.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Dawson, Canada Jun 29 20:53 2.9 4 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jun 29 20:53 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Ontario-quebec Bord Reg., Canada Jun 20 16:15 3.4 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Ste-Adele - Sudden bang felt metal table rattled then long dissipating rumble 20 seconds
  • Sainte-Adele - Felt a strong short shake
  • wentworth-nord - about 6 seconds, no property damage noted.
  • Blainville - I was swimming at 12:15pm and heard a faint ringing in my ears under water. After talking to a friend he confirmed that at the same time he felt shaking in Ste-Adele
  • Morin heights - Big Bang, maybe 5-6 seconds of shaking.
  • Saint sauveur - On my hands and knees attending to my vegetable garden. Heard like a large bang followed by rumbling for about only 10 to 15 seconds. The planks of wood i was kneeling on shook so i felt it good.
  • Ste-Adele, QC - It started with a low rumble like distant thunder but quickly (6 or 7 seconds) got louder. At the loudest, there was light shaking and then a sharp crack noise. Immediately after the crack, the shake dissipated and the rumble wasn't as loud, but seemed to increase for a few seconds before the rumble started to diminish for another 15 to 20 seconds until you couldn't hear it. There was no damage caused to property.
  • USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jun 18 13:21 2.9 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jun 10 00:29 3.9 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jun 10 00:29 3.6 5 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jun 08 20:59 2.5 1 MAP
    EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Jun 08 17:09 3.2 58 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Vancouver - Very weak shaking
  • Richmond - Light shaking
  • Duncan BC - A thud sound,maybe 2-3 seconds of shaking
  • Saltspring Island, BC - Seconds of shaking. No damage.
  • Duncan - 3-5 secs weak shake
  • Duncan - slight shaking and low sounding "boom"
  • Sidney - 1 Second, felt objects leaning against house move once.
  • VANCOUVER - 10:10am
  • Lynn Valley - Very weak shaking
  • Duncan - In apartment, 3/4 sec plants and couch really felt the shake
  • duncan - no damage just shaking table couple of seconds
  • Vancouver - No Property Damage felt like someone hit the building. No objects fell off shelves.a couple of seconds...
  • USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jun 08 05:47 2.9 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jun 07 21:26 3.1 2 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jun 07 21:26 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ucluelet, Canada Jun 03 14:26 2.9 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Masset, Canada Jun 02 22:32 4.5 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Masset, Canada Jun 02 22:32 4.0 10 MAP
    USGS Sechelt, Canada May 16 04:42 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • brakendale BC - no damage. Very quick. A second or two
  • Squamish - 2 seconds No damage 2 distinct bang noises in the house
  • Whistler - house shook - no damage
  • Whistler - No damage felt loud bang ~9:40pm that neighbors called me about
  • Whistler - A bang then some shaking like someone slamming a door but bigger- more like a tree falling on house. No damage
  • Pinecrest - First a loud noise and then a little shake. The couch I was on moved a little. It lasted only 2-3 seconds. No damage.
  • Garibaldi Highlands - Light shaking
  • Squamish, BC - Loud boom like thunder followed by 1 second of light shaking
  • Squamish, bc - I felt the shaking for 2-3 seconds
  • Whistler - Felt the shake for about a second but nothing moved or damaged
  • Whistler - Heard bang and house shuddered, thought tree had fallen. Lasted a few seconds. No damage.
  • EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada May 15 20:31 4.1 2 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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