British Columbia struck by moderate earthquake

A transit security officer stands outside the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station after the commuter train system was shut down to check for any possible damage to elevated guideways in Vancouver, B.C., in the early morning hours of Wednesday December 30, 2015, after an earthquake struck off the west coast late Tuesday night. The moderate quake struck at 11:39 p.m. local time Tuesday about 20 kilometres north of Victoria and was felt across much of southern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Canadian Press


VANCOUVER - There are no reports of damage or injuries following a moderate earthquake that struck near Victoria late Tuesday.

The quake struck at 11:39 p.m. PST about 20 kilometres north of Victoria and was felt across much of southern British Columbia.

Natural Resources Canada said the quake measured 4.3 while the U.S. Geological Survey placed the magnitude at 4.8.

The Canadian agency said there were no reports of damage, adding that none would be expected.

The City of Vancouver said there are no known reports of damage and BC Hydro reported that the quake had no impact on its electrical transmission and distribution systems.

A Canadian Press reporter who lives in South Surrey, B.C., said his house shook for a couple of seconds and that the quake felt like a truck passing by. Residents in numerous B.C communities took to Twitter to say they also felt the quake.

The National Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake was not expected to produce a tsunami.

This quake followed another several hours earlier near San Bernadino, Calif., that measured 4.4.

The USGS said aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 and 3.2 came minutes later and dozens of tiny aftershocks followed in the next few hours.

— With files from The Associated Press

© The Canadian Press, 2015

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