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Magnitude 5.0 quake shakes coast off Vancouver Island; no tsunami expected

No damage was reported from a magnitude 5.0 earthquake off the coast of Vancouver Island on Saturday. US Geological Survey

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled the coast off northwestern Vancouver Island on Saturday afternoon.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the quake happened just after 2:20 p.m., about 166 kilometres west of Port Alice and at a depth of about 10 kilometres.

In its own assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey rated the quake as magnitude 5.3.

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At least two people reported feeling weak shaking, according to Earthquakes Canada, but there were no reports of damage.

Officials said the event was not expected to produce a tsunami.

At magnitude 5.0, the quake is the strongest recorded in Canada so far in 2022.

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