Three small earthquakes struck off west Vancouver Island Sunday morning (USGS)

Three small earthquakes struck off west Vancouver Island Sunday morning (USGS)

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake followed by a 4.8 and 4.2 aftershock hit off West Vancouver Island Sunday morning.

Natural Resources Canada says the first struck around 8:20 a.m. 149 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy, followed by the first aftershock at 9:48 a.m. in the same area.

The latest aftershock was a 4.2 at 10:14 a.m.

All the quakes are too small and far offshore to be felt, none resulted in a tsunami warning.

Natural Resouce Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says they may be apart of the multiple 6.0+ earthquakes that hit in the same area on Oct. 20 and 21.

“[They are] pretty close. probably still apart of that ongoing event… the aftershocks may go for a few days, they will get smaller and less frequent,” said Cassidy.

“In this region particularly, plates are sliding horizontally…  it’s not uncommon to see earthquakes in this area, they happen every day.”

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