Earthquakes in Canada

In Canada there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

Other natural hazards in Canada:
Tsunamis
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Earthquakes in Canada since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Canada happened on 10/28/2012 in the region Queen Charlotte Islands with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/01/2017Skagway; Canada (British Columbia)3 km6.20
10/28/2012Queen Charlotte Islands8 km7.70
06/23/2010Quebec (Val-Des-Bois, Gracefield)41 km5.20
11/02/2004Vancouver Island12 km6.60
10/12/2001Queen Charlotte Islands34 km6.10
11/25/1988Quebec (Saguenay, Quebec City)4 km5.80
01/11/1982Caribou, Haynesville, Presque Isle7 km4.50
06/24/1970Queen Charlotte Islands, British Colombia8 km7.50


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.