Another earthquake rumbles off the coast of Vancouver Island

Another earthquake rumbles off the coast of Vancouver Island
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The location of the earthquake on July 5 is pictured.

Another earthquake shook off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Friday, following a series of smaller quakes earlier this week.

Just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook about 238 kilometres west of Tofino, at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Earthquakes Canada says there are no reports of damage, and that none would be expected. There is also no risk of a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey pegged the earthquake at a slightly lower 5.0 magnitude, and three people reported feeling it to the U.S. organization.

Friday’s earthquake follows four earthquakes that were reported between 6 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

On Thursday, seismologist and research scientist Andrew Schaeffer with the Geological Survey of Canada said the tremors were not out of the ordinary for the region.

“These are spreading ridge earthquakes, so they’re not generally tsunamigenic and they’re also very shallow,” he told CHEK News.

“So we typically don’t get any sort of damage, let alone have them even be felt on Vancouver Island.”

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He added that earthquakes off the west coast of Vancouver Island are common, and that many smaller tremors of magnitude 2.0 or smaller rumble but go undetected by land-based systems.

While the recent earthquakes are minor, Schaeffer says they serve as a good reminder for everyone to be prepared in case of a major earthquake.

The location of the earthquake on July 5 is pictured. (Earthquakes Canada)

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