Amid earthquake swarm, fifth significant quake strikes west of northern Vancouver Island

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      An offshore region west of Vancouver Island has been especially active with several seismic events this week, and now a fifth significant earthquake has struck.

      According to Earthquakes Canada, a swarm of earthquakes has been detected in the area approximately 190 kilometres (118 miles) west of Port Hardy since February 10. Earthquakes Canada states that the majority of the events were less than 3.0-magnitude and that the largest event so far was the 5.1-magnitude quake on February 13. 

      The first quake within the area, recorded as 4.3-magnitude by Earthquakes Canada, occurred on February 10.

      Then on February 13, three tremblors took place in the same region: a 4.3-, 5.1-, and 4.0-magnitude quakes.

      Late yesterday (February 14), another earthquake hit at 10:27 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 4.0-magnitude quake.

      The epicenter was located at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) and was 344 kilometres (213 miles) northwest of Tofino and 352 kilometres (218 miles) west of Campbell River.