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Earthquakes strike on Christmas, making nine this week

Last Updated Dec 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm PDT

(Courtesy: http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/)

Another earthquake has rattled off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island

As of Wednesday afternoon an earthquake occurred 200 kilometres west of Port Hardy

PORT HARDY (NEWS 1130) – Yet another earthquake has hit off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, making it the ninth quake this week in that area.

The quake occurred around 12:45 p.m. with a magnitude of 4.9 rattling nearly 200 kilometers west of Port Hardy.

John Cassidy, an earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, says the quakes are far enough out there that people on the island most likely won’t feel it.

“People are far enough away where there is no damage or impacts but certainly it’s a very good reminder about these plates in motion off of our coast.”

This is the second quake which has taken hit on Wednesday. The first Christmas day rattler hit 153 kilometers west of Port Alice around 8:30 a.m.

The most significant earthquake this week took place Tuesday night, about 188 kilometers off Port Hardy with a magnitude of 6.2.

No damage or tsunami warnings are expected.