Earthquake sends New West residents fleeing to computers

An earthquake off Vancouver Island Wednesday night sent New Westminster residents fleeing. To their computers.

The quake, which was centred about 94 km south of Port Hardy, measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and occurred about 11 km below the ocean's surface. Moments after it hit at 8:10 p.m. New Westminster residents hit Twitter to confirm what many had just felt.

Kendra Johnston, of the Downtown BIA, was one of the first to register her disbelief. "Anyone else feel that?" she asked the Twitterverse. "Earthquake?"

New Westminster author Renko Styranka said the tremor shook his condo on the 35th floor at Plaza 88.

Lisa Lewis said the earthquake caused her blinds to rattle and the pot rack in her kitchen to sway.

Tania Jarzebiak said she felt the earthquake shake her fifth-floor condo at the Quay. She said she thought it was her imagination at first.

Dean Earle said the earthquake caused his penthouse suite in Victoria Hill to feel like it was swaying.

Andy Goyan said the tremblor got his dog barking "for no reason."

But not everyone was shaken by the earthquake.

Will Tomkinson said he didn't feel a thing and registered his dismay.

"I'm jealous," he said.

The earthquake didn't cause any damage and a tsunami warning was never issued.

Some more posts from New West residents:





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