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In the North Pacific Ocean 229 kilometer from Vernon Lake, Canada, a shallow and significant MAG-5.2 earthquake occurred in the morning of Monday July 8th, 2024. The USGS has indicated there is a potential risk at tsunami's following this earthquake.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the North Pacific Ocean, 183 kilometers (114 mi) off the coast of Canada, 229 kilometer southwest of Vernon Lake in British Columbia. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jul 8, 2024 08:06 (Vancouver Time)
- Jul 8, 2024 15:06 Universal Time.
Location: 229 km SW of Vernon Lake, British Columbia, Canada.
Coordinates 48°49'49"N 128°55'58"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 26 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.039 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Potential tsunami risk
The USGS has indicated there is a potential risk at tsunami's following this earthquake.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Potential tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

There is a potential tsunami risk in the aftermath of this earthquake, immediately evacuate to higher grounds away from coastal areas and monitor advice from local authorities. The US Geographic Survey organization has indicated a potential risk for tsunami's following this earthquake.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Canada . The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Vernon Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Vernon Lake is located 229 kilometer (142 mi) southwest of the epicenter.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
229 km (142 mi)
NE from epicenter
Vernon Lake

British Columbia, Canada.
298 km (185 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Campbell River

British Columbia, Canada.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 2 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 2 people have reported shaking in 2 places in Canada.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada: 1 person.
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: 1 person.

Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 1 smaller aftershock occurred. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit 2 hrs later 49 km (31 mi) east of this earthquake.

In the days before this main shock, 2 smaller foreshocks were detected. A 5 magnitude earthquake hit 3 days earlier nearby.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 5.0 3 days earlier
Jul 5, 2024 09:34 (Vancouver Time)
25 km (15 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.2 2 days earlier
Jul 6, 2024 04:01 (Vancouver Time)
59 km (37 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.2 Jul 8, 2024 08:06
(Vancouver Time)
-
Aftershock M 4.5 2 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 10:06 (Vancouver Time)
49 km (31 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

The chance that a significant earthquake like this one is followed by an even larger earthquake is not so large. On average, scientists estimate a 94% chance that a major earthquake will not be followed by an even larger one. It is still adviced to be aware of this risk

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since July 4th, 2024, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 18 km (11 mi) further south-southwest. An even stronger magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck on October 22nd, 2018.

In total, 20 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.2 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 6 months.

Sources

Last updated 18/07/24 00:08 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000mxsp
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240708_0000151
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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