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3.0 magnitude earthquake strikes within 100 km of Vancouver, B.C.

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Several folks in Victoria noticed some light shaking on Friday morning after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck roughly 10.5 km southwest of Victoria and 85 km south of Vancouver. The tremor occurred around 8:44 a.m. PST with a depth of 21.4 km.

There are no reports of damage, and none would be expected with an earthquake of this magnitude. There is also no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

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B.C. and the U.S. Pacific Northwest are some of the most earthquake-prone parts of North America, and B.C. sees more earthquakes in one year than the rest of Canada combined.

This region is part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where the Juan de Fuca plate is descending beneath, or "subducting," the much larger North American plate. From time to time one plate will stick to another, causing a buildup of pressure that is released as earthquakes.


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