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4.3 Magnitude: 6th earthquake strikes off the coast of B.C.

No damage was reported.
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According to the Earthquakes Canada, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck off the coast B.C. last night, which made it the sixth major earthquake to strike near Vancouver Island on Dec. 23. 

The department notes that the earthquake was 8 km in depth and located 29 km WSW of Village of Queen Charlotte. The event took place at 9:32 p.m. and no tsunami warning was issued as a result. In addition, no major damage was incurred. 

Prior to that, a 4.9 magnitude was the fifth quake to strike off the B.C. coast around 3:30 p.m. Earlier, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck after a 5.7 and a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The first was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake just before 9 a.m. 

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, a whopping 4,000 earthquakes take place across Canada every year. What’s more, the B.C. coast is the most earthquake-prone region in the country. In fact, 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 every day 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.