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Vancouver Island Earthquake

September 12, 2011 by staff 

Vancouver Island EarthquakeVancouver Island Earthquake, The earthquake of magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off the coast of Vancouver Island on Friday afternoon, went almost unnoticed in the North Olympic Peninsula.

The quake was centered about 12:41 p.m. 130 kilometers northwest of Neah Bay at a depth of 14.3 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

“There is no tsunami alert, warning or advisory for the coast of Washington,” said the Office of the Clallam County Sheriff in a statement.

“There were no reports of anyone in the county that may have felt the earthquake. There are no reports of damage to the British area of ??Colombia.”

Janine Bowechop, executive director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay, was working at the museum when the quake struck.

“I do not feel anything,” Bowechop. “But I’m one of the largest buildings in the city.”

Makah Marina, Bob Buckingham was at home Neah Bay during the earthquake and do not feel the quake.

Clallam Bay Fire Chief Patricia Hutson-English did not feel the quake.

“And I have not heard of someone who felt” he said.

Karin Ashton, a volunteer at the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Chamber of Commerce visitors center, said: “This is the first time I’ve heard of him.”

“We did not hear a noise or anything,” said Ashton.

“It was very peaceful and quiet.”

Bryon Monohon Forks Mayor and City Attorney Holders Rod Fleck both said they did not notice the earthquake.

Monohon said there were reports the quake Component Forks.

The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific said the quake did not generate a tsunami, but felt as far away as Vancouver, BC, and San Francisco with hundreds of reports feeling that in Seattle.

It was felt hundreds of miles away – in the newsroom in Vancouver Vancouver Sun, more than 180 miles away, the lights swayed for half a minute when the earthquake struck – a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Dispatcher in the nearby town of Tofino, near Ucluelet, said there were no reports of damage and most people just felt it.

Seven people in Sekiu and Port Angeles five reported USGS Web site that they felt the quake.

Individual reports originated in Sekiu, Sequim and Port Townsend.

Also, there were no reports of damage to nearby parts of the state of Washington, including the islands of San Juan and the North Olympic Peninsula.

In Seattle, the Department of Transportation sent inspectors as a precaution to check for damage to the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the aging elevated highway along the coast of Seattle and Deception Pass Bridge and Highway 520 floating bridge over Lake Washington.

The quake was centered 73 miles offshore west-northwest of Ucluelet, just under half of the west coast of the island about 179 miles from Victoria.

Initially reported as an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude, but was later revised.

“It looks like an earthquake in a secondary failure – not the Megathrust, which was our major concern,” said John Vidale, director of the Seismic Network of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“This is the generation of a number of aftershocks, but there is a small chance that it will stimulate activity in the big flaw on the coast.”

Brent Ward, a professor in the department of Simon Fraser University earth sciences in Vancouver, British Columbia, said the quake was probably too deep to generate a tsunami.

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