Vancouver Island Earthquake

September 11, 2011 by staff 

Vancouver Island EarthquakeVancouver Island Earthquake, An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the west coast of Vancouver Island at 12: 41 pm on Friday rocked Metro Vancouver and other parts of the province.

Some felt the earthquake in Nanaimo, especially in the far north. Furthermore, it appears more evident in the area ParksvilleQualicum.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from the quake, whose epicenter was located 135 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Port Hardy, on the island, the U.S. Geological Survey said in her evaluation.

At least one primary school was evacuated temporarily Nanaimo, and some in the Regional District of Nanaimo staff followed emergency procedures when the tremor occurred.

The movement caused a sensation of nausea McGirr Elementary School assistant Tanya Paz.

“I thought maybe I needed something to eat,” said Paz. “We are like a wave, almost trembling.”

She believes her class felt the movement, “because we were sitting in a quiet room.” Others in the gym did not notice.

After confirming an earthquake evacuation plan put into effect.

“The children were very quiet and well behaved, that followed everything exactly. It was incredible.”

Employees working in the most original RDN’s office in Hammond Bay Road felt the movement and were under their desks.

“Several people felt in A major, central part of the building, the stairs and in our recreation center in Qualicum Beach – Parksville much thought,” Jani said Drew, RDN emergency coordinator.

“People remember the bit shaken last drop, cover and hold”.

Some staff reported feeling the movement in the town hall, but the emergency program of the city is only activated when the injury or damage involved.

But Karen Lindsay, director of emergency preparedness said residents should not expect the city to help in a big earthquake.

“We have many resources, so it will fire and care for serious injuries. We’re going to be quite widespread,” said Lindsay. “Are we going to deliver food and water after that? We are told to be prepared for a minimum of 36 hours. Realistically, more like seven days.”

Each earthquake sparks calls from homeowners hoping to add earthquake insurance to their policies. However, insurance companies often put a hold on the consideration of new policies in such circumstances.

“We never thought will happen, then when it does (people apply),” Courtenay said Geddes, Western Financial.

Vancouver Island Health Authority said there were no injuries or damage to its facilities, but a ferry terminal in Campbell River was evacuated.

The USGS reported that it was at a depth of 23 kilometers, the revision of its original assessment that it was only two miles below the surface.

The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific did not issue a warning, saying that “no destructive widespread tsunami threat.”

There were no immediate signs of damage in downtown Vancouver. In the Vancouver Sun newsroom, the lights halfminute was swinging when the quake struck.

The largest earthquake in recent history was the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake southwest of Seattle in February 2001.

Only the ninth in this area earthquake in 125 years is larger than magnitude 6, it cracked the dome of the Capitol building in Olympia, damaged the control tower at Sea-Tac airport and shook bricks from chimneys in Victoria.

A small earthquake struck the northern tip of Vancouver Island in March, without causing significant damage.

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