Powerful natural disaster hits off Vancouver Island

Clay Curtis
October 22, 2018

Several strong earthquakes hit off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on October 22. It had a depth of 6 miles.

A trio of large earthquakes struck within an hour of each other late Sunday night, followed by three smaller quakes, off Vancouver Island, about 275 miles west of Bellingham.

USGS geophysicist Amy Vaughan told The Associated Press that the quakes were lightly felt onshore.

An natural disaster early-warning system recently tested off the B.C. coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake. They say there are a few reports of light shaking but no damage or tsunami is expected.

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Since then, two more earthquakes have struck near the same area, on the Explorer seismic plate.

Three powerful earthquakes have struck off the coast of Canada, the US Geological Survey said.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone has produced magnitude 9.0 or greater earthquakes in the past, and undoubtedly will in the future.

"This geologically active region, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, not only hosts erupting volcanoes but also produces megathrust earthquakes capable of generating devastating, ocean-crossing tsunamis".

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