Earthquake rattles West Coast residents, scares others in Port McNeill


Residents on the West Coast felt rumblings Wednesday night when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Port Alice around 8:10 p.m.

Hitting at 22 kilometres below the earth’s surface, the quake was not at risk of producing a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Information Centre.

While some in Tofino and Ucluelet felt the quake, it scared some North Island residents.

“It was bad here,” said long-time Port McNeill resident Barbara Bartlett.

“Lights were swinging and my chair felt like it was floating and the crystal was all clinking in the cabinet. Scary, worst one I’ve felt so far,” she said.