The USGS has reported that Vancouver Island in Canada had a 6.4-magnitude earthquake at 12:42 Pacific Time in Vancouver today (19:42 UTC). There are reports that buildings swayed in the city of Vancouver, 179 miles away, as the quake was occurring. There are no reports of injuries or damages due to the quake at this time.
The quake was originally reported by USGS as a 6.7 magnitude but later downgraded by them to a 6.4.
The quake was centered on geographic coordinates 49.474N, 126.974W.
Location with respect to nearby cities:
138 km (86 miles) WSW (246 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
140 km (87 miles) SSE (164 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
212 km (132 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Neah Bay, WA
279 km (173 miles) W (276 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The quake appears to have taken place in an area that is not heavily populated. No tsunami watch or warning is in effect at this time.
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