Whatcom County feels rumbles from down under

By Steve Guntli

Washington and B.C. residents felt the effects of a moderate earthquake that struck Victoria, B.C. late on December 29.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.8 magnitude quake centered a few miles north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. The quake struck at 11:39 p.m., with effects being felt as far as 150-miles away.

While the quake was considered moderate and not likely to cause severe damage, it was nevertheless the strongest earthquake to hit the northwest region since 2004, when a 4.9 earthquake struck near Newport, Oregon.

More than 10,000 people reported feeling the quake between Vancouver and Seattle. Neither U.S. nor Canadian officials have reported any injuries or significant damage, and the National Weather Service says there is no risk of tsunami along coastal regions.

Vancouver, B.C. officials shut down the city’s rail services overnight to check for damage along the track.

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