Quake shakes Langley awake

The tremor caused no reported damage but jolted many.

A small earthquake rattled homes across southern B.C. and Washington State, and was felt fairly strongly in Langley Tuesday night.

The quake hit at 11:39 p.m. and was centered just east of Vancouver Island, north-northeast of Victoria.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey it had a strength of 4.8 on the Richter scale, while Natural Resources Canada measured it at 4.3.

No major damage was reported, but many residents said they felt the sudden jolt, with many comparing it to a truck hitting the side of their house.

“My whole building shook. I thought a car hit the building,” wrote Jessica Alice on the Langley Advance Facebook page.

“My wall jolted me in a way I can’t explain,” wrote Chantal Crowell.

Others managed to sleep through it peacefully.

The quake is the strongest in the area in recent years and has caused renewed calls for residents to stock earthquake emergency kits containing non-perishable food, water, first aid kits, flashlights, and other items.

A guide to emergency preparedness and the items needed for a kit can be found at http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/yprprdnssgd/index-en.aspx.

 

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