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.
Featured image: USGS
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