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4.8 earthquake hits off Island's west coast; 'whole house shuddered'

Quake was felt on some parts of Vancouver Island
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A earthquake of 4.8-magnitude was felt off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. EARTHQUAKES CANADA

A earthquake of 4.8-magnitude was felt off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Friday evening.

It was recorded at a depth of 32 kilometres at 7:50 p.m., said Earthquakes Canada.

It was “lightly felt” in some parts of the island, the federal agency said.

Mid-Island MLA Josie Osborne, B.C. minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship, said on Twitter: “Wow!…The whole house shuddered.”

The earthquake is a good reminder for everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency, she said.

For more information go to the B.C. government's earthquake preparedness webpage.

B.C. Hydro spokesman Stephen Watson said on social media on Saturday morning: “We’re inspecting our hydroelectric dams today following this earthquake: no damage expected. Went over our response on a internal call this morning.

“A major seismic event on Van Isle at some point is why we have major seismic upgrades planned at our three Campbell River dams.”

cjwilson@timescolonist.com

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