A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off the British Columbia coast Wednesday night, rattling some homes in a remote community but causing no injuries or major damage.
The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the earthquake hit just after 6 p.m. about 136 kilometres southwest of Port Alice, a community of about 800 people on northern Vancouver Island.
Both the U.S. organization and Earthquakes Canada, which reported the quakes centre as about 35 kilometres nearer to the coast, said no tsunami was expected. The quake was recorded at a depth of about 43.5 kilometres.
Residents of Port Alice said they didnt feel the quake.
We didnt know about it until we heard about it on TV, Jim Overland said.
But Andrea Vance, a resident of Winter Harbour, a remote community about 120 kilometres west of Port Alice, said she did.
I thought it was my dog, sitting beside the chair and scratching or something and then realized that actually the chair was shaking, Vance said. It went on for about 15 or 20 seconds or so.
Vance said less than 20 people live in the village, and she doesnt think the earthquake damaged the house or any other local structure.
The West Coast continues to experience aftershocks following a magnitude-7.7 quake that struck Haida Gwaii on Oct. 27.
Nobody was injured in that incident but the shaking managed to turn off the taps of some natural hot springs.
On Sunday, a magnitude-5.2 quake was recorded 90 kilometres southeast of Sandspit, on Haida Gwaii.
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