Coastal B.C. First Nations Easily Withstand 6.4-Magnitude Quake

First Nations communities on Vancouver Island were reporting little to no damage after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck offshore on Friday.

It was not unlike last week’s 6.8 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska in that it occurred under the ocean, though not deep enough to do any more than rattle residents, which happened as far south as Seattle. This one didn’t even spur a tsunami warning. It was 31 miles offshore and 14.3 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Although it was Canada’s strongest earthquake in seven years, according to CBC News, the temblor did little more than swing chandeliers and perhaps knock a few things off shelves. Aftershocks occurred throughout the day on Friday, CBC News and other outlets reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 12:41 p.m. Pacific time. Several Nuu-chah-nulth bands live on or near the island’s west coast. They celebrated independence starting April 1, when the nations’ treaty went into effect.

Vancouver Island First Nations. The earthquake's epicenter occurred just offshore from the northwestern part of the island.

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