Magnitude 3.5 earthquake detected east of Victoria

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A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was detected near the San Juan Islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca earlier today.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the seismic event at 11:06 a.m. had an epicentre 39 kilometres east of Victoria. Its depth was quite deep, striking at 52.2 kilometres below the surface, but it was still powerful enough to be felt.

This comes just a day after a magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit 40 kilometres northwest of Vancouver in the Coast Mountain Range. It was felt in the nearby communities across the Sunshine Coast and in Squamish.

Hundreds of earthquakes strike B.C. each year, but only a small fraction are detectable and felt.

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