According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck off the coast B.C., which makes it the fifth major earthquake to strike near Vancouver Island today.
The agency notes that the second earthquake was 10 km in depth and was located 141 km west of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The event took place at 3:38 p.m. and no tsunami warning has been issued as a result. In addition, no major damage is expected.
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.