Very strong earthquake M6.6 struck near Vancouver Island, Canada

Very strong earthquake M6.6 struck near Vancouver Island, Canada

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale struck near the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada at 03:10 UTC on April 24, 2014. USGS reported depth of 11.4 km, EMSC reported M6.5 and depth of 10 km.

Epicenter was located 94 km (58 miles) S of Port Hardy, 159 km (99 miles) W of Campbell River and 336km (209mi) WNW of Victoria, Canada.

GDACS estimates there are about 13 407 people living within 100 km. USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses - there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist.

There is no tsunami danger. Multiple strong aftershocks were recorded in the area.

Residents in Port Hardy said the ground shook for about 35 to 40 seconds.

The epicenter of this earthquake is on top of the subduction zone where the Pacific plate subducts the North American plate.


  1. 4.282km S of Port Hardy, Canada2014-04-24 05:16:21 UTC10.0 km
  2. 4.298km S of Port Hardy, Canada2014-04-24 03:41:01 UTC15.0 km
  3. 5.095km S of Port Hardy, Canada2014-04-24 03:20:14 UTC10.0 km
  4. 6.694km S of Port Hardy, Canada2014-04-24 03:10:12 UTC11.4 km

DATA: USGS (Last updated 06:58 UTC on April 24, 2014)

Featured image: USGS


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L. Munro 7 years ago

Experienced this earthquake while at work (graveyard shift) in a pulp mill in Port Alice, BC. Port Alice is located northwest Vancouver Island and is a lot closer to the epicenter than Port Hardy. My coworkers and I work in the mill power plant and the shaking was extremely intense and seem to come in two waves. It caused a lot of panic. Fortunately damage was limited to old concrete structures.

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