Four earthquakes strike off Canada’s west coast

Four earthquakes strike off Canada’s west coast

Four earthquakes strike off Canada’s west coast

Several strong earthquakes hit off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on October 22.

It is believed that the first quake struck at a depth of 21 miles.

The epicenter of the first 6.6 tremor, at 10:39pm local time, was located 218 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy - a small municipality on the northeastern tip of British Columbia's Vancouver Island - and 355 miles northwest of Seattle.

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A strong quake struck west of Canada's Vancouver Island late Sunday.

The US Geological Survey said the preliminary 6.6-magnitude quake was 6.8 miles deep, about 135 miles southwest of Port Hardy, a town on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island.

The quakes took place close to one another, with a range between 223 and 197 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy. There was no tsunami threat, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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There have been no reports of damage or deaths related to the quake so far.

Sunday night's swarm of quakes occurred less than a week after the Great ShakeOut, a nationwide natural disaster drill.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone has produced magnitude 9.0 or greater earthquakes in the past, and undoubtedly will in the future.

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