Three strong earthquakes hit off Vancouver Island

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

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

ISLAND, B.C- Multiple strong earthquakes have hit off Vancouver Island tonight.

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

Geophysicist Amy Vaughan told The Associated Press that there may have been some other aftershocks.

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An natural disaster early-warning system recently tested off the B.C. coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.

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. Two people died in the quake, which also caused severe damage in the area.

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.

"If any one of these quakes had hit closer to land, there would have been devastating consequences", Wagstaffe reported on CBC.

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