Two earthquakes hit off coast of Canada within minutes of each other

Tsunami and earthquake hazard zone signal in Vancouver Canada

Tsunami and earthquake hazard zone signal in Vancouver Canada

The earthquakes hit the Canadian province of British Columbia, near Vancouver Island.

All six quakes were between 6 miles and 11 miles deep, according the PNSN website.

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

Natural Resources Canada reported three quakes 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island ranging from 6.8 to 6.5.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 10:39 pm and had a shallow epicenter of 10 km located about 218 km southwest of Port Hardy.

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USGS geophysicist Amy Vaughan told The Associated Press that the quakes were lightly felt onshore. No injuries were reported, she said. There was no tsunami threat, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Since then, two more earthquakes have struck near the same area, on the Explorer seismic plate.

A quake of 6.1 to 6.9 can cause serious damage in populated areas.

"It's hard to predict when it will happen again". Hicks tweeted about midnight West Coast time. 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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