Magnitude-4.9 earthquake felt on B.C.'s South Coast

A moderate earthquake struck near Victoria, B.C. on Tuesday evening and was felt throughout the South Coast and Vancouver Island region.

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The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed the quake as originating near the town of Sidney, B.C. with an initial magnitude of 4.9.

However, Natural Resources Canada said the quake measured 4.3.

Mag 4.8 #Earthquake near Seattle. Felt all over Metro Vancouver just a few min ago. 911 being overflowed with callers asking about quake.

— ScanBC (@ScanBC) December 30, 2015

No tsunami warning was issued and the City of Vancouver has said there are no known reports of damage.

BC Hydro, the province's utility company, says there are no reports of power outages and no impact to its distrubution services.


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