Magnitude 6.8 natural disaster strikes off the coast of Canada

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.6 quake struck at 10:39 p.m.

That quake, 12 miles closer to Port Hardy, BC at a depth of 6 miles.

They were followed by a magnitude 6.5 quake and they were all in the same Sovanco transform fault.

A strong magnitude 6.6 quake has struck just off the west coast of Vancouver Island late Sunday evening.

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A strong quake struck west of Canada's Vancouver Island late Sunday.

Several 4.0 or greater earthquakes also struck around the same area.

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

No tsunami warning was issued and the despite the quakes being powerful, they were far enough from land that they caused very little concern.

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Earthquakes Canada has since downgraded the quake to 6.5-magnitude, with no initial reports of tsunami threats, damage or shaking being felt.

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

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks natural disaster data for the West Coast.

"Many of the biggest faults in the Ring of Fire are submarine so that their rupture can trigger catastrophic tsunamis, such as those that struck Indonesia and the Indian Ocean in 2004 and Japan in 2011".

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