Fri. Dec 14th, 2018

Cluster of Earthquakes off Island today should make us pause

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:52 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018 - Friday night: Rain ending this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 50 gusting to 90 early this evening then light late this evening. Low plus 3. Saturday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Rain beginning near noon. High 6. Saturday night: Rain. Temperature steady near plus 5. Sunday: Rain. High 6. Sunday night: Rain. Low 6. Monday: Rain. High 7. Monday night: Rain. Low 6. Tuesday: Rain. High 7. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 7. Wednesday: Rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    6.4° C
    -0.3 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.29 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 15.2 km/h
    gusting 27.4 km/h
    Humidity
    78 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.6° C
    Heat Index
    6.4° C
    Dewpoint
    2.9° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 20:35:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    43.9 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    07:28
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (47% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:14:00
    Day High
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.4° C @ 20:28 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    9.1mm/hr @ 08:02 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.36 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.05 kPa @ 14:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.3° C @ 17:37 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 39.7km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    32W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

You know… if I was a little bit of a more nervous person, I might be double checking my grab-bag in case of a large earthquake/tsunami warning.

In the past 12 or so hours there have been 5 earthquakes clustered off the north coast of Vancouver Island.  The largest, a 5.7M quake, having just occured at 7:13PM this evening.

They are all at the same depth (10km), and they are all within about 20km of each other.  Are we going to get the “Big One”… probably not… but if we ever wanted an example of ‘pre-shocks’ to a very large earthquake, this might be a good example?  I do not know that for sure, I am not a seismologist but it sure makes you think.

So, maybe before you head to bed tonight, or when you get up in the morning, go double check that grab-n-go bag, or your supplies in the basement, or that your batteries and stuff are all charged up for your emergency kit.

It never hurts to be prepared, and Mother Earth seems to be sending us her own message today that we should not be lazy. Maybe it is her New Years Resolution for us? 🙂