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3 earthquakes measuring between 6.5- and 6.8-magnitude hit off Vancouver Island

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Three earthquakes measured at magnitudes of anywhere between 6.5 and 6.8 struck off Vancouver Island on Sunday night.

They hit about 200 kilometres west of the island, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC).

A 6.5-magnitude quake hit at 10:39 p.m., a 6.8-magnitude quake at 11:16 p.m. and another 6.5-magnitude quake at 11:22 p.m., it said.

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What’s behind the string of earthquakes off Vancouver Island?
What’s behind the string of earthquakes off Vancouver Island?

One of the quakes, which was measured at a magnitude of 6.5, hit approximately 200 kilometres from the Vancouver Island community of Port Alice on Sunday night.

The 6.8-magnitude quake is believed to have struck just under 200 kilometres west of Port Alice.

There were no reports of damage, and “none would be expected,” according to NRC.

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Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island
Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

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

The quake happened at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres and no tsunami was expected.

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String of earthquakes hit off coast of Vancouver Island
String of earthquakes hit off coast of Vancouver Island

“We’re still recording very small aftershocks, even this morning right now,” Dr. John Cassidy, a seismologist with NRC told CKNW Monday morning. “But there were three very strong earthquakes last night.  They occurred within a span of about 45 minutes.”

There were no reports of the quake having been felt.

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Though the quake may seem large compared to other events that have hit the West Coast of North America in recent years, it was far from the biggest.

Earlier this year, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit just under 600 kilometres south of Anchorage, triggering a tsunami that was less than a foot high.

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Historically, the largest of quakes measuring at a magnitude of five or more near B.C. happened in 1970, when an event hit a magnitude of 7.4, according to Natural Resources Canada.

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