Vancouver Island, Canada Earthquake

Moderate earthquake below Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Last update: January 8, 2015 at 2:59 am by By

Update 02:34 UTC : Based on the tectonic image below and the preliminary data, we believe that this is a sunduction earthquake triggered by the subducting Juan de Fuca plate beneath the North American plate (as most of the Western Canada earthquakes are). A depth of 30 km confirms this theory. The Focal Mechanism, once published, may confirm this theory

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Update 02:26 UTC : Based on the current preliminary data is is still unsure whether this earthquake may be able to generate slight damage. We have currently depths of 33 km (no damage) and 5 km (slight damage possible)

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18km (11mi) E of Tofino, Canada
62km (39mi) W of Port Alberni, Canada
74km (46mi) SW of Courtenay, Canada
98km (61mi) SSW of Campbell River, Canada
186km (116mi) WNW of Victoria, Canada
190 km W of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,837,969 / local time: 18:02:56.5 2015-01-07
13 km E of Tofino, Canada / pop: 1,655 / local time: 18:02:56.5 2015-01-07

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-01-07 18:02:53

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-08 02:02:53