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6.7 quake felt in Kelowna

11:30 p.m. update: The 6.7 quake that rattled the coast was also felt in Kelowna.

G. Blair told Castanet, "We saw our dining light fixture swaying in the Mission area."

Another reader reports, "We felt the earthquake here in a Kelowna. We live in the Madison. The building was creaking and the light fixtures (were) swaying.

J. Hurst says, "Just finishing up dinner when our dining room chandelier started swaying and also then noticed the same movement from the front door chandelier.  So then realized it must be a tremor from the quake off the coast."

Patricia Topolniski says, "We felt it at the Dolphins, the lamps and doors were swaying."

Did you feel the quake? Did you get it on video? Send it to [email protected]


Update: Glass rattled, buildings swayed, but no damage was reported after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit off the northern coast of Vancouver Island on Wednesday night.

The US Geological Survey reported that the epicentre was about 94 kilometres south of Port Hardy and struck at a depth of 11 kilometres.

The agency also said two more earthquakes followed with magnitudes of 5.0 and 4.2.

Emergency Management BC reported there is no tsunami warning for the West Coast, including BC, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.

Pamela Shea was working the evening shift at the Airport Inn in Port Hardy and said feeling the rolling motion due to the quake was "pretty scary."

"Oh goodness, yes. Oh goodness, yes," she repeated when asked if she felt the quake. "My chair was rolling back and forth, the bottles were rattling."

Shea said it only last about 10 to 12 seconds, "but it sure felt like it was a long time."

"I've lived here 37 years and I've never felt anything like it."

Ann Gray, the manager of the Glen Lyon Inn, said she barely felt it but knows people who did.

"I was sitting here, my chair moved abut two seconds, three seconds, the wall creaked a little bit, but it didn't move us very much," she said.

She said some of guests asked if they had to be evacuated.

--- Files from The Canadian Press


A 6.7-magnitude earthquake off the west coast of Vancouver Island shook parts of the mainland Wednesday evening.

The quake hit about 94 kilometres south of Port Hardy at 8:10 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Nearby residents said they felt swaying for less than a minute, but nothing severe.

No damage has been reported and officials do not anticipate a tsunami.

People as far away as Vancouver and Kelowna reported being affected by the rumbling on Twitter.

Castanet received several emails from readers in the Okanagan explaining their light fixtures were swinging and buildings were creaking in residences such as 'The Madison' and 'The Centuria Urban Village'.


 

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