Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Four earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast

Four earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast

Several strong earthquakes hit off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on October 22.

The three other quakes that struck in the area ranged from 4.3 to 4.9, according to the USGS. The quakes were about 6.8 miles deep.

The earthquakes hit Canadian province British Columbia in less than an hour, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The National Tsunami Warning Center tweeted that a tsunami is "Not expected".

Vaughan said the quakes were lightly felt onshore and that no injuries had been reported so far.

British Columbia, like the rest of western North America, is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" that encircles the Pacific Ocean, the world's most seismically active area.

More than 1000 earthquakes take place around the world every year - majority in area sitting on the Ring.

Multiple powerful earthquakes ranging from a 4.9 in magnitude to 6.8 have struck near Vancouver Island, around 200 kilometres south-west of Port Hardy.

"It's hard to predict when it will happen again".

"Almost all the world's most explosive and risky volcanoes are located here, along with the some of the longest and most deadly quake faults". The quake caused a tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan.

Scientists think that region is overdue for a massive natural disaster, on the scale of 9.0 or greater.

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