No injuries or serious property damage were reported and Earthquakes Canada said none would be expected from a shaker of that size.
The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed it as originating near the town of Sidney, B.C. with an initial magnitude of 4.9 at a depth of 40 kilometres.
TransLink says SkyTrain service is being shut down as a precaution.
According to a 2014 auditor general report, B.C.is not prepared for a major quake. The islands are located between Vancouver Island and mainland Washington.
Still others said via social media they’d felt nothing. Big subduction earthquakes, like the one that struck Japan in 2011, also occur in the Juan de Fuca plate. There were no injuries or damage but power was for a time knocked out to some 4,500 homes in the region.
BC Hydro said there were no impacts on its operations, and that its transmission and distribution systems were fine after the quake.
The quake followed another several hours earlier near San Bernardino, Calif., that measured 4.4.
State Rep. Richard Morrissette, an Oklahoma City Democrat, on Tuesday called for more to be done, asking for a complete halt of any wastewater being injected into the underground Arbuckle formation in counties where seismic activity has increased. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or less are usually not felt except by very few under especially favorable conditions, according to the USGS.
The earth continued to shake Wednesday in Edmond with another aftershock to Tuesday morning’s 4.3-magnitude natural disaster.
The quake should serve as a reminder to ensure emergency kits are ready and to follow the proper “drop, cover and hold on” response.