Minor mag. 3.0 earthquake - 12 km northeast of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, on Friday, 20 Nov 8.44 am (GMT -8) -

Minor mag. 3.0 earthquake  - 12 km northeast of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, on Friday, 20 Nov 8.44 am (GMT -8)

Minor magnitude 3.0 earthquake at 21 km depth

20 Nov 16:48 UTC: First to report: USGS after 4 minutes.
20 Nov 17:04: Magnitude recalculated from 2.3 to 3.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 28.4 to 21.4 km (from 17.6 to 13.3 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.2 km (0.7 mi) towards NW.
Update Fri, 20 Nov 2020, 17:15
Small magnitude 3.0 earthquake 7 miles northeast of Victoria, British Columbia
3.0 quake 20 Nov 8:44 am (GMT -8)
3.0 quake 20 Nov 8:44 am (GMT -8)
A magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported 30 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 13 miles beneath the epicenter in the morning on Friday 20 November 2020 at 8.44 am local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 3.0 as well.
Despite its relatively small magnitude, the quake could probably be felt very close to the epicenter. Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Oak Bay (pop. 18,000) located 4 miles from the epicenter, Victoria (pop. 289,600) 7 miles away, Six Mile (pop. 1000) 11 miles away, Colwood (pop. 14,700) 12 miles away, Langford (pop. 22,500) 13 miles away, North Saanich (pop. 11,100) 15 miles away, and Metchosin (pop. 4,800) 16 miles away. In Duncan (pop. 22,200, 29 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.
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Earthquake data:

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Date & time: 20 Nov 2020 04:44:58 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 20 Nov 8.44 am (GMT -8)
Magnitude: 3.0
Depth: 21.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 48.48967°N / 123.23517°W (British Columbia, Canada)
Nearest volcano: Mount Baker (109 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
7 km (4 mi) NE of Oak Bay (Capital) (pop: 18,000)
12 km (7 mi) NE of Victoria (Capital) (pop: 289,600)
20 km (13 mi) NE of Langford (Capital) (pop: 22,500)
24 km (15 mi) SE of North Saanich (Capital) (pop: 11,100)
67 km (41 mi) SW of White Rock (pop: 66,500)
68 km (42 mi) S of Ladner (Metro Vancouver) (pop: 200,000)
85 km (53 mi) S of Vancouver (pop: 600,000)
119 km (74 mi) NW of Seattle (Washington, USA) (pop: 684,500)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 6.5°C (44 F), humidity: 100%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from E
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 2 x 109 joules (554 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.477 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 3.021 km6 Km NE of Oak Bay, CanadaUSGS
M 3.021 kmVANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGIONEMSC

User reports for this quake (24)

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Mt Tolmie / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Sitting on chair at kitchen island counter. Very quick vibration. Also felt upstairs.(like a heavy truck rolling by or a heavy load thumping to the ground). | 3 users found this interesting.
Oaklands area of Victoria, BC (9.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : I was sitting still on the couch having coffee. I heard a low rumble that I thought was a truck in the parking lot next door and the couch shook a little bit. | One user found this interesting.
Victoria (12.1 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Heard it first, then walls and windows shook lightly. | 2 users found this interesting.
Colwood (21 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : windows rattling, walls lightly shaking | One user found this interesting.
8.1 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Heard the rumble similar to a large truck driving by, felt slight shaking | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
East Saanich (7.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : 2 seconds of rumble noise followed by a short creaking noise. | One user found this interesting.
9858 canal road, Pender Island, on the Plumper Sou / not felt : I thought I heard a very strong gusty wind. We realized this morning that I was hearing the waves hit the shore. There was not wind before or after. We did not feel any shaking.
1155 Cherry Rd Victoria BC V8Z 7G3 CANADA. / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short : Sitting on second floor, wood frame house in SW Saanich BC. I felt, and heard a single bang, thought it was a P-wave, counted for the S-wave but it never arrived. That's my 23rd earthquake. Tom Christie 250-634-1577.
77.7 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Sidney (23.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating (reported through our app)
Gordon Head/Victoria (5.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
10 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
west saanich (23.9 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
12.4 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
Oak bay (6.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
10.9 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
19.2 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Esquimalt / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I thought it was construction behind our house
Saanich / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Victoria BC / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Oak Bay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Victoria / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short
Fairfield, Victoria / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Fairfield in Victoria / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
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