As in the days of Noah....
Thursday, August 28, 2008
5.8 quake strikes off western Canadian coast
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck at sea just west of Vancouver Island, Canada, on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The temblor's epicenter was about 95 miles (153 kilometers) west-southwest of Port Hardy, British Columbia, and about 293 miles (472 kilometers)west-northwest of Vancouver,British Columbia. It struck at 5:37 a.m. (8:37 a.m. ET), the USGS said, and hit at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).The USGS originally reported the quake at 6.1 magnitude.Thursday's quake was the latest of about two dozen temblors of magnitude 4 or above to strike in the area in the past 48 hours, according to the USGS. A 5.2-magnitude quake was the largest of those, striking the same area Wednesday."We're having a series in that area," Julie Martinez, a USGS geophysicist said. She said the number of earthquakes was not unusual. "These earthquakes are too far offshore to be felt on land and too small to generate a tsunami," Natural Resources Canada said on its earthquakes Web site.Vancouver Island sits off Canada's west coast. Its main city of Victoria sits at its southern end.