Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Canada	 	 	 			Port Hardy Google Maps

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Canada Port Hardy Google Maps

Several powerful earthquakes have been reported near Vancouver Island, Canada, including a magnitude 6.8. Instead, they occurred about 118 miles southwest of Port Hardy, a town at the northeast corner of Vancouver Island.

No tsunami warnings were issued after a flurry of earthquakes off the Vancouver Island coast last night.

Survey geophysicist Zachary Reeves said all three quakes occurred in the same general area over the course of about an hour, and at a shallow depth of approximately 10 kilometres.

An aftershock, registering a magnitude of 6.5, followed about six minutes later, the USGS said.

Reuters had initially reported the magnitude of the two earthquakes was respectively 6.7 and 7.

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Emergency Info BC tweeted that the quakes were felt in parts of the province, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

CBC meteorologist and seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe said the earthquakes are a reminder that B.C.is in a "complicated" tectonic setting.

The Ring of Fire lies in a horseshoe shape in the Pacific Ocean, stretching from New Zealand to Chile and including the Asian and American coasts.

"Almost all the world's most explosive and unsafe volcanoes are located here, along with the some of the longest and most deadly natural disaster faults".

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