Fri. Feb 22nd, 2019

Cluster of Earthquakes off Island today should make us pause

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Friday 22 February 2019 - Friday: Periods of snow or rain ending near noon then clearing. Local snowfall amount 4 cm over higher terrain. High 7. UV index 2 or low. Friday night: Becoming cloudy late this evening with flurries. Amount 2 cm. Low minus 3. Saturday: Flurries changing to rain showers and flurries near noon. High plus 4. UV index 1 or low. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low minus 2. Sunday: Sunny. High 7. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Monday: Sunny. High plus 5. Monday night: Clear. Low minus 6. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High plus 4. Tuesday night: Periods of rain or snow. Low minus 1. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 6. Wednesday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low zero. Thursday: Cloudy. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    2.3° C
    0.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.04 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NNE 1.6 km/h
    gusting 4.8 km/h
    Humidity
    98 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    2.3° C
    Heat Index
    2.3° C
    Dewpoint
    2.0° C
    UV
    0.9
    Solar
    135 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:35:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    6.1 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:42
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (86% full)
    Civil Set
    18:24
    Day Length
    12:32:40
    Day High
    4.2° C @ 00:53 Tdy.
    Day Low
    1.0° C @ 08:02 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    6.9mm/hr @ 07:06 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    101.64 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.88 kPa @ 07:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -1.6° C @ 07:24 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    4.2° C @ 00:53 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 9.7km/h @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    272W/m2 @ 10:28 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.0 @ 10:27 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? 🙂