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Minor earthquake in B.C.’s Fraser Valley ‘lightly’ felt throughout the region

The approximate location of an earthquake that struck in B.C.'s Fraser Valley on Jan. 25, 2020.
The approximate location of an earthquake that struck in B.C.'s Fraser Valley on Jan. 25, 2020. Google Maps

A minor earthquake that struck B.C.’s Fraser Valley Saturday morning was still felt by people across the region.

Earthquakes Canada said the 1.9-magnitude quake struck around 9:15 a.m. just north of Agassiz and about 15 kilometres northeast of Chilliwack.

There were no reports of damage, but several people said they felt shaking in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

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“It was a very loud bang which shook the house, followed by more ‘normal’ rumble/shaking,” said Dana Wilford, who lives in the Harrison Hot Springs area near Agassiz.

“It wasn’t a ‘typical’ quake for sure.”

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The quake happened less than 24 hours after a 4.5-magnitude quake struck off the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island.

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That earthquake was felt as far away as Metro Vancouver, which seismologists say is due to seismic activity on a major Pacific tectonic plate.

That plate is different from the one where several large quakes struck in quick succession off the northern coast of Vancouver Island around Christmas.

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