3 consecutive earthquakes strike off Vancouver Island, with no reports of damage

This screenshot shows the approximate location of an earthquake that happened about 200 kilometres from Port Alice B.C. on Oct. 21 2018

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 10:39 pm and had a shallow epicenter of 10 km located about 218 km southwest of Port Hardy.

The earthquakes hit the Canadian province of British Columbia, near Vancouver Island.

Multiple powerful earthquakes ranging from a 4.9 in magnitude to 6.8 have struck near Vancouver Island, around 200 kilometres south-west of Port Hardy.

According to the USGS, the first quake was a 6.6-magnitude.

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

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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.

There were no initial reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings were issued.

An natural disaster early-warning system recently tested off the B.C. coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.

Subduction Zone earthquakes are the largest earthquakes in the world and are the only zone that can produce quakes greater than magnitude 8.5.

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