6 magnitude quake jolts Canada

Frederick Owens
October 22, 2018

The earthquakes hit the Canadian province of British Columbia, near Vancouver Island. It had a depth of 6 miles.

Six minutes later, a third 6.5 magnitude tremor was registered 138 miles southwest of Port Hardy - before a weaker 4.9 quake was recorded in the same place 14 minutes after that.

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

According to the US Geological Survey, the first natural disaster struck at 10:39 pm (PST) with a magnitude of 6.6, followed by a magnitude 6.8 at 11:16 pm and, minutes later, (11:22 PST) a third quake hit with a magnitude of 6.5.

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Geophysicist Amy Vaughan says the three large quakes ranged from magnitude 6.5 to 6.8 and that there were possibly some smaller ones as well as some aftershocks. Tsunamis were not expected after the events.

Nor were there any reports of the quake having been felt.

A quake of 6.1 to 6.9 can cause serious damage in populated areas. The quake caused a tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan. By comparing the tree rings of dead trees with those still living they could tell when the last of these great earthquakes struck the region.

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