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Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of B.C.

No tsunami warning has been issued as a result
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According to Earthquakes Canada, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck off the coast of B.C.

The department notes that the earthquake was 10 km in depth and was located 215 km west of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The event took place at 12:20 p.m. and no tsunami warning has been issued as a result.

There are no reports of damage, and none are expected.

Last month, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was the sixth quake to strike off the coast of B.C. following a 4.9 magnitude that took place earlier that day. Prior to that, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck after a 5.7 and a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The first was a 5.2 magnitude earthquake just before 9 a.m.

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, a whopping 4,000 earthquakes take place across Canada every year. What's more, the B.C. coast is the most earthquake-prone region in the country. In fact, there is a minor earthquake almost every day in the Lower Mainland. And while the majority of these earthquakes are hardly felt, certain earthquakes pose a serious threat.

Having a well-stocked earthquake kit, and knowing where it's stored, is essential. Take into consideration your every day needs, from medication and contact lenses to feminine hygiene products and food and water. Don't forget your family pets; if you have four-legged friends to feed, be sure you have a plan in mind for getting access to their food in the event of an earthquake.

Find out more information about earthquake prep here and here.

This article originally appeared here.




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