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Friday, September 9, 2011

Urgent- Earthquake off Vancouver Island's west coast

Shaking felt across Metro Vancouver and northern Vancouver Island

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Alice Friday, causing buildings to sway as far away as downtown Vancouver.

The quake was felt as far north as Port Hardy and as far south as Seattle.

A tsunami warning wasn’t issued because it wasn’t powerful enough to generate a huge wave on its own and there were no immediate reports of major damage.

“At 12:42 p.m., ... an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 6.7 occurred 80 km south of Port Alice,” according to the West Coast tsunami warning centre.

The U.S. Geological Survey downgraded the quake to 6.4 and said it occurred at a depth of 23 km. It located the quake at 119 km west-northwest of Ucluelet, 138 km west-southwest of Campbell River and 300 west-northwest of Victoria.

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