Magnitude-4.8 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 at a depth of 40 kilometres. The organization later downgraded it to 4.8.

However, Natural Resources Canada said the quake measured 4.3 and no damage should be expected.

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.

Metro Vancouver's transit authority briefly shut down SkyTrains in the region to determine the safety of its tracks but reopened shortly before the service was due to close.

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

Tremors were reported by people as far south as Bellingham, Washington.

@CTVSarah@CTVVancouver Felt the earthquake in Bellingham Washington too!

— Sunny Sidhu (@thisisunnys) December 30, 2015


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