December 30, 2015 10:39 am
Updated: December 30, 2015 10:43 am

Here’s a look at 5 of the largest earthquakes to strike B.C.


A moderate earthquake struck near Victoria, British Columbia late Tuesday, rattling homes and shaking residents awake.

The earthquake struck just around 11:40 p.m. PT and measured 4.3 on the Richter scale, according to Natural Resources Canada. The U.S. Geological Survey placed the magnitude at 4.8.

There were no reports of any damage or injuries following the moderate quake.

B.C. is known as a hub of seismic activity, the province has recorded half of the country’s largest earthquakes on record.

The Canadian Press has put together an interactive graphic of five of the most significant quakes to strike the province.

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Magnitude: 9.0

On Jan. 26, 1700, a 9.0-magnitude quake was believed to have struck B.C.’s Cascadia Subduction Zone, however the technology did not exist to properly record the seismic activity. A tsunami generated by the temblor was chronicled in Japan, placing the exact date on Jan. 26. First Nations folklore suggests the tsunami destroyed an entire village on Vancouver Island’s Pachena Bay, leaving no survivors.

Magnitude: 8.1

On Aug. 22, 1949, an 8.1-magnitude tremor struck along the Queen Charlotte Fault. The quake was felt as far north as the Yukon. No deaths were reported as a result of the tremor.

Magnitude: 7.7

On Oct. 27, 2012, a 7.7-magnitude quake shook the Haida Gwaii region and was felt through most of the north-central B.C. No deaths were reported and the tremor caused very little property damage.

Magnitude: 7.4

On June 24, 1970, a 7.4-magnitude quake struck the Haida Gwaii region again. No deaths were reported.

Magnitude: 7.3

On June 23, 1946, a 7.3-magnitude quake struck near Vancouver Island. The tremor caused chimneys topple and partial building collapses. Two people were killed as a result of the quake.

with files from The Canadian Press.

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