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

The U.S. Geological Survey says several powerful quakes were reported Sunday evening.

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.6 natural disaster struck near Port Hardy, Canada at 9:39 p.m. local time at a depth of about 7 miles (11 kilometers).

The earthquakes hit the Canadian province of British Columbia, near Vancouver Island.

Natural Resources Canada reports three quakes have struck 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island ranging from 6.5 to 6.8.

At 10:22 p.m. a magnitude 6.5 quake struck the same area at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).

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

There were no reports of damage, and "none would be expected", according to NRC.

There was no tsunami threat, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

A fourth, smaller quake measuring 4.9 hit at 11:36 p.m. PDT in a similar location.

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.

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