Earthquake off Vancouver Island felt in Richmond

An earthquake off the coast of Vancouver Island Friday afternoon was felt in Richmond.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the 4.5 magnitude quake struck near Bamfield, on the island's southwest coast, around 1:35 p.m. There is no threat of a tsunami. 

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Several people reported they felt their houses shake on Twitter.

“The house shook as if a car had hit it,” said Twitter user @BookerHal.

The earthquake was also felt around the Lower Mainland, according to social media posts, including Vancouver and Burnaby.

There are no reports of damage, according to Earthquakes Canada, adding that none would be expected. 

The government agency also recorded a 4.8 magnitude earthquake offshore of northwestern Vancouver Island 12:20 p.m. Friday, with no tsunami warning or damage reported, but this wasn’t felt in Richmond or the Lower Mainland. This quake was initially reported as being near Ucluelet.

Nine earthquakes struck off the coast of Vancouver Island over the course of three days in late December. 

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