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:
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Canada by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Canada
  • May 23, 11:37 pm
    Magnitude 2.9: 162 km west of Whitehorse at a depth of 8.3 km.
  • May 23, 12:21 am
    Magnitude 3.1: 7 km southeast of Oak Harbor, Washington at a depth of 63.22 km.
  • May 23, 12:21 am
    Magnitude 3.1: 6 km north of Camano, Washington at a depth of 60.58 km.

Earthquakes in Canada since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Canada happened on 10/28/2012 in the Queen Charlotte Islands region with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal 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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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