Three earthquakes strike off B.C. coast; no damage, no tsunamis

A series of earthquakes struck an area off British Columbia’s coast Tuesday, but they weren’t large enough to cause damage or tsunami warnings.

The largest quake measured 6 on the Richter scale and was centred almost 200 kilometres off Bella Bella, on B.C.’s northern coast.

Natural Resources Canada says two more afternoon quakes struck within 20 minutes of each other and measured 4.5 and 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The first quake was measured at a depth of one kilometre, but the subsequent ones were at a depth of more than 10 kilometres.

The U.S. National Weather Service says the earthquakes were not expected to generate a tsunami.

Word of the earthquake was news to Bella Bella RCMP Sgt. Glen Caston, who says he didn’t feel a thing.

Caston says police haven’t heard from anyone who felt any rumbling.

“It must have been a pretty soft earthquake,” Caston said.

Earthquake Canada measured the first quake slightly higher at 6.1, and says there are no reports of damage and none would be expected.


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