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You probably didn’t feel it, but an earthquake hit nearby last night

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A 2.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern tip of Vancouver Island near Victoria, B.C., Tuesday night.

According to a tweet by Earthquakes Canada, the quake hit at 10:06 p.m. 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) west-southwest of Sidney, B.C., and 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) northwest of Victoria. The website said there were no reports of damage and none would be expected, but the temblor was lightly felt in nearby Victoria, Sooke and Langford.

As the crow flies, the earthquake was centered about 50 miles southwest of Bellingham.

Though this was a relatively minor event, it’s another reminder that Whatcom County sits in an active earthquake area in the the Cascadia subduction zone, and it’s a good time to review your family’s emergency preparedness plan. The United States Geological Service provides an online handbook to help your family prepare and other informational topics at its website.

FEMA explains what you should do before an earthquake happens and when it occurs in an animated video called "When The Earth Shakes."

If you didn’t read it last month, you also may find The Bellingham Herald’s fictional series “Imagining the Big One” helpful in picturing what life in Whatcom County might be like after a great earthquake.

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