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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Canada; no tsunami threat

Posted: 6:10 AM, Oct 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-22 10:10:47Z

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck northwest of Canada's Vancouver Island late Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was one of a trio of earthquakes to occur in quick succession on the same fault line.

The US Geological Survey said the preliminary 6.6-magnitude earthquake was 6.8 miles deep, about 135 miles southwest of Port Hardy, a town on the northeastern end of Vancouver Island. It occurred at 10:39 p.m. local time (1:39 a.m. Monday ET), according to the USGS.

The 6.8-magnitude quake came about 35 minutes later and was centered about 12 miles closer to Port Hardy at a depth of about 6 miles, the USGS said.

An aftershock, registering a magnitude of 6.5, followed about six minutes later, the USGS said.

The USGS did not predict damage from the quakes, ¬†forecasting they would be felt only lightly . There was no tsunami threat,  the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said .

CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said the three earthquakes were all part of the same fault line.

"The first one, which was a 6.6 is called the foreshock. The second one, which is the main earthquake, is the strongest one. The main earthquake is followed by an aftershock, which is the one that was a 6.5. This is standard for earthquakes to happen in groups of three like this," he said.

Canada's west coast lies on the  Ring of Fire , a 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) arc where the Pacific Plate pushes against smaller tectonic plates, creating seismic activity.