Earthquake hits off coast of Port Hardy, B.C.

Global News

ABOVE: Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham speaks to Leigh Kjekstad about the earthquake.

VANCOUVER – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It struck at 8:10 p.m. PDT and the epicentre was located about 91 km south off the coast, at a depth of about 11 km. It was originally recorded as a 6.7 but has been downgraded to a 6.6 magnitude earthquake.

Residents in Port Hardy said the ground shook for about 35 to 40 seconds during the preliminary earthquake. Groceries were knocked off the shelves at the local Overwaitea store.

People are saying they felt it as far away as Langley and Kelowna.

The National Weather Service says there is no risk of a tsunami.

However, the USGS says to expect aftershocks. There have been three aftershocks reported so far – magnitude 5.0, 4.2…

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