Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off the coast of Canada

23 October, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Tsunami and earthquake hazard zone signal in Vancouver Canada

CANADA has been hit with three devastating earthquakes in quick succession on Monday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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.

That one is being called the "foreshock" as a stronger 6.8-magnitude quake occurred 35 minutes later.

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There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quakes.

No tsunami warning was issued and the despite the quakes being powerful, they were far enough from land that they caused very little concern. About 90 percent of the world's earthquakes are registered in the region.

On Sunday, three potent earthquakes struck within less than an hour; this follows a magnitude 6.6 natural disaster at 10:39 pm PST and a stronger magnitude 6.8 quake at 11:16 pm PST. All of the earthquakes struck the same vicinity on the Explore Plate.

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Government Agency BC has acknowledged the multiple earthquakes, but says there is no reports of damage or injury.

Aftershocks are already following the terrifying wave of earthquakes, with a 4.9 magnitude tremor hitting the area at 7.36am BST.

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

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"Many of the biggest faults in the Ring of Fire are submarine so that their rupture can trigger catastrophic tsunamis, such as those that struck Indonesia and the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Japan in 2011".

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