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UPDATE: Second earthquake off Port Alice late Wednesday night

Another earthquake was recorded late last night in deep waters west of Port Alice, but again, no tsunami is expected.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 4.9 magnitude earthquake happened shortly after 11 pm last night in roughly the same place as the 4.8 magnitude quake earlier in the afternoon. Both were at a depth of around 11 kilometres.

Seismologists at the University of Victoria recorded more than 100 aftershocks.

Because the quakes were so deep, they were not felt and pose no danger but are another reminder the Island is in an active earthquake zone.

In the meantime, it’s currently Tsunami Preparedness Week in BC, visit the provincial website for earthquake and tsunami safety tips.

Tsunami Safety — In Brief

In the event of a tsunami, people at risk will receive an alert to their cellphone, TV and radio stations through B.C.’s emergency alert system. In addition to these alerts, other tools may be used to warn people, including coastal siren systems, local government emergency alerts and social media, including @EmergencyInfoBC on X.

Take action to prepare for a tsunami:

  • Become familiar with local evacuation routes and high ground locations.
  • Once at high ground, stay there. Wait for the “all clear” from local officials to confirm the threat is over. Tsunami waves can last several hours.
  • Find out how your community shares emergency information and subscribe to local alerts. Alerting methods include radio, television, telephone, text messages, door-to-door contact, social media and outdoor sirens.
  • Always follow instructions from local officials during an emergency.
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