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23 Dec 2019 | 02:27 PM UTC

Canada: Earthquakes strike west of Port Hardy (British Columbia) December 23

Three earthquakes measuring 5.2-6.0 on the Richter scale strike off Port Hardy (British Columbia) December 23; no tsunami warning or damages



According to the US Geological Survey, a series of three earthquakes measuring between 5.2 and 6.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Port Hardy (British Columbia) on Monday, December 23. The quakes occurred between 08:44 and 11:49 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). No tsunami warning has been issued and no damages or casualties are expected.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.