Small earthquake rattles Victoria

Some Victoria residents might have found themselves briefly on shaky ground Tuesday.

  • Thu Apr 7th, 2016 5:00pm
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By Jesse Laufer

Some Victoria residents might have found themselves briefly on shaky ground Tuesday as 3.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded 36 kilometres east of the city near Washington.

Many residents immediately took to Twitter, asking whether anyone felt the shaking around 11 a.m. One woman said her building jerked sideways while others didn’t feel anything.

It was the second earthquake recorded in two days in B.C., as another 3.1 quake was felt in Sechelt on Monday. Though both quakes were minor, the larger tremors felt from December’s earthquake remains fresh in the city’s mind.

In January the city announced a series of free emergency preparedness workshops would be held. The next one takes place Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. until noon at city hall. Attendees will learn about what to include in a home emergency kit, how to protect themselves during an emergency, and how to find family in case they get separated.

Even if they can’t attend, residents are encouraged to visit preparevictoria.ca for information on what to include in personal, family, business and pet emergency kits, and to follow @EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter.