Experts say that a quake with a magnitude of 7.3 could prove catastrophic, resulting in as many as 10,000 deaths, while some buildings would collapse, the Vancouver Observer reports.
While the quake was considered moderate and not likely to cause severe damage, it was nevertheless the strongest natural disaster to hit the northwest region since 2004, when a 4.9 natural disaster struck near Newport, Oregon.
No injuries or damage were initially reported.
A Vancouver Sun reporter, who lives in the West End of Vancouver, was awoken by the bed shaking, while another said her whole house in East Vancouver shook.
The Los Angeles city and county fire departments reported no immediate damage or injuries, although surveys of stations and personnel was ongoing.
In Vancouver, TransLink shut down two of its three elevated rapid transit lines to check the guideways for damage, but the system was running again within 90 minutes. Service resumed Wednesday morning.
The quake struck around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday 11 miles northeast of Victoria, British Columbia, and was 31 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Many of those confused people instantly took to social media to share their experiences of the tremor.
The quake struck about 5:50 p.m.in Devore near San Bernardino and was felt in Riverside. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or less are usually not felt except by very few under especially favorable conditions, according to the USGS.
Quake experiences can instead be registered through the Earthquakes Canada website.
B-C-based seismologist John Cassidy says the depth of last night’s mild quake off Victoria was beneficial in several ways.
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