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Several powerful earthquakes strike off Canada’s Vancouver Island

22 October 2018

An natural disaster measuring 6.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck off the Canadian province of British Columbia early on Monday.

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 came about 35 minutes later and was centered about 12 miles closer to Port Hardy at a depth of about 6 miles, the USGS said.

At 10:22 p.m. a magnitude 6.5 natural disaster struck the same area at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

So far no tsunami warning has been issued.

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The third quake was reported at magnitude 6.5 just before midnight, near the same area as the previous two.

Map locating the quake off the western coast of Canada.

Earthquakes Canada has since downgraded the quake to 6.5-magnitude, with no initial reports of tsunami threats, damage or shaking being felt.

The region is located near the Cascadia subduction zone, a mammoth fault line that lies offshore, stretching from northern Vancouver Island to Northern California in the United States.