Earthquakes are always scary and unpredictable natural disaster. Lately, around the world, some big and deadly quakes happened, some locations were him multiple times in a row within just a few days.
Past Sunday night was an intense one for the Vancouver Island. The earthquakes happened, not one, not even two, but three earthquakes measured at magnitudes of anywhere between 6.5 and 6.8.
They hit about 200 kilometers west of the island, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC). A 6.5-magnitude quake hit at 10:39 p.m., a 6.8-magnitude quake at 11:16 p.m. and another 6.5-magnitude quake at 11:22 p.m., it said.
Thankfully there are no damages reported yet, and no such reports expected as per Natural Resources Canada. The quake happened at a depth of approximately 10 kilometers and no tsunami was expected.
Compared to other quakes, these were pretty strong, but fortunately, they happened far from shore, so nobody got hurt and nothing was damaged at the coastal line and on the shore. But if we look into the history of earthquakes that happened in Canada, the three quakes, that happened last night are far from the strongest ones. Historically, the largest of quakes measuring at a magnitude of five or more near B.C. happened in 1970, when an event hit a magnitude of 7.4, according to Natural Resources Canada.
Earlier this year, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit just under 600 kilometers south of Anchorage, triggering a tsunami that was less than a foot high.
Lest hope, this will not be the beginning of the chain of quakes like it was in Japan and India recently, but just a single incident far from the shore. As recent events in the world shows, earthquakes can be very strong and extremely dangerous, bringing the destruction and deaths, huge reconstruction bills and hundreds of people missing.