Updated: Two aftershocks occur west of northern Vancouver Island on Christmas Day

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      Christmas Day has delivered yet more seismic activity to British Columbia.

      According to Earthquakes Canada, a 3.6-magnitude temblor occurred offshore west of the northern end of Vancouver Island at 8:25 a.m. today (December 25).

      The epicentre, at a depth of five kilometres (three miles), was located 153 kilometres (95 miles) west of Port Alice, 314 kilometres (195 miles) west of Campbell River, and 483 kilometres (300 miles) northwest of Vancouver.

      CBC News reported that seismologists consider it an aftershock of the 6.2-magnitude quake that struck the same area on Christmas Eve.

      U.S. Geological Survey

      Then a second and larger quake struck today at 12:38 p.m. 

      Earthquakes Canada reported it as 4.9-magnitude while the U.S. Geological Survey measured it as a 4.8-magnitude seismic event.

      At a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), it was located 198 kilometres (123 miles) west of Port Hardy, 367 kilometres (227 miles) northwest of Tofino, 371 kilometres (230 miles) northwest of Campbell River, and 544 kilometres (338 miles) northwest of Vancouver.

      In both cases, there aren’t any reports of damage and none are expected, and a tsunami also isn’t expected, according to Earthquakes Canada.

      Yesterday's 6.2-magnitude quake, the seventh in a series of notable seismic events in the region, followed five quakes in the offshore area north of Vancouver Island in addition to one that hit the Haida Gwaii coastline, all on December 23.

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