There has been a 4.9 magnitude earthquake in Metro Vancouver tonight. It struck 23km north of Victoria and has been felt all around BC’s south coast. The National Tsunami Warning Center confirms there is no tsunami danger.
No known reports of significant #Earthquake damage in @CityofVancouver. Call 9-1-1 for any emergency, 3-1-1 for other #Vancouver inquiries
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) December 30, 2015
This quake at 11:39pm follows another that measured 4.4 and struck several hours earlier near San Bernardino, California. [Source: News1130]
MORE: This @usgs map tracks what people felt from the #earthquake, reports a far as #Chilliwack. @ctvvancouver pic.twitter.com/6XmJvOni3X
— Penny Daflos (@PennyDaflos) December 30, 2015
No damage has been reported but SkyTrain and Canada Line systems in Vancouver are shutting down so that crews can perform maintenance checks.
#RiderAlert SkyTrain Expo, M-Line is shutting down due to the recent earthquake until we can determine that our guideway is safe ^jkd
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) December 30, 2015
Earthquake in Metro Vancouver
In Downtown Vancouver, we experienced a rolling shake in our house. Online, many are reporting of much more of an impact in their area, from the feeling of an explosion to much more intense shaking.
@Miss604 it was pretty mild for me in Victoria. A small rumble, pause, then a bigger one. Lasted about 7-10 seconds.
— Laura (@ElEhYouAreEh) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 somewhere between "more than I would like" and less than "I'm notably worried"
— Canadagraphs (@canadagraphs) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 A HELL OF A LOT
— Kelli – with an i (@CanadianKelli) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 it was as if someone hit my house with a car – not long but it moved my couch and such
— Daniel To (@DanielToSD36) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 4/5 seconds but enough to be scared.
— Nuno Paiva (@nlpaiva) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 at Main and 37th- small rumble, pause, then a solid 3 seconds of shaking (not rolling). Amazed nothing fell.
— carrie (@604carrie) December 30, 2015
@Miss604 shook up our PoMo townhouse, and the bang freaked out our dog. First thought: please don't make me evacuate in this old robe
— Amanda Aikman (@wordcakes) December 30, 2015
Information on what to do in the event of an earthquake is available online through the City of Vancouver. The city offers free planning workshops several times a month.
You can also follow EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter and make sure your 72 hour emergency preparedness kit is ready.
Update 12:20am: Natural Resources Canada says magnitude 4.3; US Geo Survey says 4.9. Still no reports of any damage. BC Hydro says there is no damage to transmission or distribution systems, and no power outages due to the earthquake.