Earthquake shakes the West Coast

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Friday off the west coast of Vancouver Island did no damage but left residents across southwestern B.C. trading stories of what they felt.

  • Sep. 12, 2011 2:00 p.m.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Friday off the west coast of Vancouver Island did no damage but left residents across southwestern B.C. trading stories of what they felt.

The quake hit at 12:41 p.m. and was centered about 100

kilometres west of Tofino at a depth of 22 kilometres,

according to Natural Resources Canada. Many residents in the Lower Mainland felt nothing, but others report feeling something like a helicopter passing overhead or the reverberation of a passing freight train.