3.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Victoria area

A 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck south of Victoria this morning.

The earthquake occurred in the Juan de Fuca Strait, 30 kilometres southeast of Victoria and 21 kilometres northeast of Sequim, Washington, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometres at 5:55 a.m.

Many Greater Victoria residents took to social media to report being woken up by the rumbling.

No damage was reported and the tremor did not cause a tsunami.

Earthquakes in the area take place because of southern Vancouver Island’s position atop the Cascadia Subduction zone, where the Juan de Fuca plate rubs against the North American continental plate.

On Oct. 18, people around the world will participate in the Great Shakeout earthquake drill.

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