Powerful earthquake hits off Vancouver Island

BC Ferries boat sails near Vancouver Island British Columbia

BC Ferries boat sails near Vancouver Island British Columbia

After a series of earthquakes hit off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Sunday night, a seventh natural disaster has been reported this morning 225 km west of the town of Tofino, and 419 km west of Victoria.

The first one struck at a depth of 21 miles (33 km) about 117 miles (190 km) southwest of Port Hardy, a town on the northeast end of Vancouver island, while the second struck 135 miles (218 km) southwest of Port Hardy.

They were followed by a magnitude 6.5 quake and they were all in the same Sovanco transform fault.

Vaughan said the quakes were lightly felt onshore and that no injuries had been reported so far.

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No tsunami warnings have been issued for any of these earthquakes. About 90 percent of the world's earthquakes are registered in the region.

British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic zone where thousands of mostly small earthquakes are recorded annually by sensors in the province. There were reports of light shaking, but damage or a tsunami was not expected.

The earthquake's location was pegged at 208 kilometres west-southwest of Port Alice, and 478 kilometres west of Vancouver.

That shaking would have been caused by a trio of relatively powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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