A powerful earthquake struck off the B.C. coast Saturday (June 4) afternoon, according to Earthquakes Canada.
The 5.1 magnitude quake struck 179 km south-southeast of the Village of Queen Charlotte region on Haida Gwaii at 4:59 p.m., according to the department.
There are no reports of damage and none are expected. No tsunami warning has been issued.
According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, a whopping 4,000 earthquakes take place across Canada every year. In fact, the B.C. coast is the most earthquake-prone region in the country. There is a minor earthquake almost every day in the Lower Mainland. And while the majority of these earthquakes are hardly felt, certain earthquakes pose a serious threat.
Having a well-stocked earthquake kit, and knowing where it’s stored, is essential. Take into consideration your everyday needs, from medication and contact lenses to feminine hygiene products and food and water. Don’t forget your family pets; if you have four-legged friends to feed, be sure you have a plan in mind for getting access to their food in the event of an earthquake.
Find out more information about earthquake prep here.