6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Canada

6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Canada

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northwest region of Canada’s Vancouver Island late on Sunday. It was one of the three earthquakes to occur in very quick succession on the same fault line.

The US Geological Survey said that the preliminary 6.6-magnitude earthquake was 6.8 miles deep. It occurred about 135 miles southwest of Port Hardy. It is a town on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred at 10:39 p.m. local time i.e 1:39 a.m. Monday ET.

It added that the 6.8-magnitude quake came approximately 35 minutes later and was centered at about 12 miles closer to Port Hardy at a depth of about 6 miles. An aftershock which registered a magnitude of 6.5 followed about six minutes later.

The USGS did not predict any damage from the quakes, forecasting that they would be felt only lightly. There was neither any tsunami threat, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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