SkyTrain fully operational today after earthquake

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Both of SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines are operating normally after yesterday’s late night shut down in response to the magnitude 4.3 earthquake that hit the South Coast of B.C.

The moderately powerful earthquake was strongly felt in Metro Vancouver, prompting SkyTrain control to suspend all trains and close stations as a precaution. Crews inspected vulnerable sections of the elevated guideway to ensure there was no damage.

The seismic event happened at 11:40 p.m. and trains came to a stop immediately after.

“Due to the earthquake experienced in Metro Vancouver, SkyTrain is shutting down until we can determine it’s safe to operate on the guideway,” reads a statement released last night.

Service resumed at approximately 1 a.m., but by then train service was already nearing the end of operational hours for the day. An extra train was operated from King George to Waterfront to pick up any stranded passengers.

The Canada Line was not affected as it is a newer system with more advanced seismic building codes.

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