A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Oak Bay just before 9 a.m. on Nov. 20. (Screenshot via United States Geological Survey)

Minor earthquake off Oak Bay shakes south Island

Residents from Sooke to Vancouver report feeling magnitude 3.0 quake early Friday

A small earthquake off the coast of Oak Bay shook the south Island Friday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 3.0-magnitude quake occurred at 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 20 about six kilometres northeast of Oak Bay on the Canadian side of the border.

The USGS reported that the quake had a depth of 21.4 kilometres and hit 10.5 kilometres from Victoria. By 9 a.m. on Friday morning, nearly 30 people had reported feeling the earthquake – 23 in Victoria, three in Sidney, two in Sooke and one in Vancouver – and most rated it as weak.

Those who felt the earthquake can report on the Natural Resources Canada website, earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca, or the USGS website, earthquake.usgs.gov.

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