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Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes off the coast of B.C.

The event took place at 7:14 p.m. and no tsunami warning has been issued as a result.
Photo: seismograph / Shutterstock

According to Earthquakes Canada, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of B.C. in the evening on Friday, May. 22.

The agency notes that the earthquake was 8 km in depth and was located 129 km west of Port Alice on Vancouver Island. The event took place at 7:14 p.m. and no tsunami warning has been issued as a result.

There are no reports of damage, and none would be expected. 

Gina Halls, owner of the Kagoagh Lodge in Quatsino on Vancouver Island, tells Vancouver Is Awesome in a phone call that she didn't feel the earthquake. However, she says that she felt one earlier this week while she was in bed. 

"It made the bed creak," says Halls. 

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.