A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck a spot off the coast of British Columbia Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
At 8:36 p.,m., the earthquake hit a spot 182 kilometers (113 miles) west of Port Hardy, a town of about 4,100 people, the agency said. It had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles.)
A tsunami is not expected, the National Tsunami Center in Alaska said.
On Monday, a series of five earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 4.8 to 6.0 were recorded in British Columbia.
The Seattle Times reported four of the five quakes were recorded as striking primarily on Vancouver Island and at the northern end of Victoria Island in Port Alice and Port Hardy, according to the government’s Earthquakes Canada website.
According to the website, the quakes recorded Monday around Vancouver Island were: a magnitude 5.1 at 8:44 a.m.; a magnitude 5.6 at 11:13 a.m.; a magnitude 5.8 at 11:49 a.m.; a magnitude 6.0 at 12:56 p.m.; and a magnitude 4.8 at 3:38 p.m.
In addition, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:32 p.m. Monday at the Village of Queen Charlotte on Moresby Island, northwest of Victoria.
Another M6 today off Vancouver Island. This is a very common pattern. In some locations, we see several slightly smaller quakes within a few days, instead of one bigger one with aftershocks. Especially common at the mid-ocean ridges. https://t.co/G98UBnUU9U
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) December 25, 2019
During the past 30 years, there have been 133 earthquakes of M>5 in the offshore #VancouverIsland region. 19 of those were M>6, and the largest was M6.8. None of these earthquakes caused damage as they were well offshore. The most recent events are highlighted in red and orange. pic.twitter.com/GsbQ205hqu
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) December 25, 2019