5-magnitude natural disaster hits 208 kilometres off Port Alice on Vancouver Island

The earthquake struck about 190km southwest of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island

The earthquake struck about 190km southwest of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island

The first quake struck off at 6.39am BST, while the second one went off at the same location at 7.16am BST.

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.

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There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quakes, the first of which struck just before 11 p.m. PT, around 190 km southwest of Port Hardy, a town on the northeast end of Vancouver Island.

Geophysicist Amy Vaughan says the three larger quakes ranged from magnitude 6.5 to 6.8 and that there were possibly some smaller ones as well as some aftershocks.

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There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quakes. No tsunami warning has been issued by the USGS. In 1946, a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster struck the island, and it was felt as far away as Portland, Oregon. "We do know it's occurred about 20 times in the past 10,000 years", Dr. John Clague, an earth sciences professor at Simon Fraser University, said to GlobalNews.

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

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