You may not have felt them, but two small earthquakes occurred off Vancouver Island Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning.
According to a social media post by John Cassidy, earthquake seismologist for National Resources Canada, the first minor quake occurred on April 9, on the northwest coast of the Island and registered as a 1.5-magnitude quake.
He noted that no one had reported feeling the “tiny earthquake,” but that it was a reminder that the Island is “an active seismic zone” and that even the smallest earthquakes can be detected.
No one felt this afternoon's tiny (M~1.5) earthquake on the west coast of #VancouverIsland, but it is a reminder of an active seismic zone and that we can easily detect earthquakes that are too small to be felt in this region.
Recent #Canadian earthquakes:https://t.co/vrsia5qHdW pic.twitter.com/okwyL8em8Y
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) April 9, 2021
The second quake occurred just after 12:30 a.m. on April 10. The 3.0-magnitude earthquake was also located on the west coast of the Island, but closer to Ucluelet and Bamfield, Cassidy reported.
Another little (M~3) earthquake on the west coast of #VancouverIsland – this one closer to #Ucluelet and #Bamfield.
Did you feel shaking just after midnight? (00:34 PT)
Please report here:https://t.co/D3eZJ1aqO0#CitizenScience pic.twitter.com/8ZmnkZ1JAL
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) April 10, 2021
Per the United States Geological Survey, the Saturday morning quake had a depth of 37.2 km and was felt by someone living more than 400 kilometres away in Oregon.