Three earthquakes hit offshore west of Vancouver Island's north end

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      The seismically active offshore area west of Vancouver Island was hit again by a series of three earthquakes on January 14.

      First, a 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck at 10:54 a.m. at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) about 159 kilometres (8 miles) west of Port Hardy.

      Another quake then followed up at 11:10 a.m. at a depth of 10 kilometres about 173 kilometres (107 miles) west of Port Hardy. Earthquakes Canada recorded it as a 4.5-magnitude quake while the U.S. Geological Survey reported it as a 4.3-magnitude quake.

      Later, a 4.0-magnitude tremor occurred at 12:25 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometres about 157 kilometres (98 miles) west of Port Hardy.

      There were no reports of damage.

      On the Richter scale, all three quakes are classified as light.

      Prior to these three seismic events, the area had been struck last month by earthquakes on December 3 (4.5-magnitude), 5 (4.0-magnitude), and 16 (4.2-magnitude).

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