Offshore earthquake rumbles southwest of Vancouver Island

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      While an earthquake occurred off the Oregon coast on February 20, another offshore quake took place further north, this time off the Washington and British Columbian coastlines.

      A 4.5-magnitude quake struck at 5:54 a.m. today (February 22), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

      The epicentre, at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was located 254 kilometres (157 miles) southwest of Tofino, 326 kilometres (202 miles) southwest of Port Alberni, and 398 kilometres (247 miles) southwest of Victoria.

      Last week, a shallow 2.9-magnitude earthquake occurred on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island at 12:19 p.m. on February 17.

      At a depth of only four kilometres (two miles), the epicentre was positioned 63 kilometres (39 miles), 102 kilometres (63 miles) northwest of Courtenay, and 238 kilometres (148 miles) northwest of Vancouver.

      Earthquakes Canada stated that the tremor was felt in Sayward, B.C., but there weren’t any reports of damage.

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