5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Bella Bella, B.C., No Damage Reported

Written by priyadarshinee

Published on : July 5, 2019 11:32

A trio of new earthquakes struck B.C.’s central coast on Friday.

The most powerful was an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1, near Bella Bella, B.C., according to Earthquakes Canada.

The earthquake struck at approximately 5:58 a.m. local time, and there have been no reports of damage.

Earthquakes Canada reported that the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported two smaller quakes Friday morning, one measured at magnitude 4.6 and one at magnitude 4.7.

The USGS reported the smaller quakes took place a few kilometres to the east and west of the larger tremor, one at 5:51 a.m. and one at 6:02 a.m. local time.

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Centre said no tsunami was expected from the quakes.

North Vancouver geophysicist and disaster researcher Mika McKinnon said the latest tremors are nothing to worry about.

“I am not particularly concerned. We are a very active seismic area,” she said.

“As long as they keep getting smaller I’m happy.”

McKinnon said Friday’s quakes were unrelated to the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck California on Thursday, noting that they occurred thousands of kilometres apart and on completely different fault systems.