Several powerful earthquakes strike off the shore of Canada

This screenshot shows the approximate location of an earthquake that happened about 200 kilometres from Port Alice B.C. on Oct. 21 2018

2 powerful earthquakes strike near Port Hardy, Canada

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

The 6.8-magnitude quake is believed to have struck just under 200 kilometres west of Port Alice.

Several powerful earthquakes have been reported near Vancouver Island, Canada, including a magnitude 6.8.

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.

Each occurred near one another, ranging between 197 to 223 kilometres south-west of Port Hardy.

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Emergency Info BC tweeted that the quakes were felt in parts of the province but there were no reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warning was issued.

There were no immediate reports of damage and casualties.

The region is located near the Cascadia subduction zone, a mammoth fault line that lies offshore, stretching from northern Vancouver Island to Northern California in the United States.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone has produced magnitude 9.0 or greater earthquakes in the past, and undoubtedly will in the future.

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