Vancouver Island earthquake not felt on land

Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:09am EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vancouver Island on Thursday but was too far away to be felt on land and too small to generate a tsunami, the Canadian government said.

The quake was the latest of a series in the seismically active Pacific region about 120 miles west of Vancouver Island, Natural Resources Canada said.

On Monday, there was a quake of 4.2 magnitude in the same area and on Wednesday one of 5.0 magnitude.

Thursday's quake hit at 5:37 a.m. local time (8:37 a.m. EDT).

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered 95 miles

west-southwest of Port Hardy, British Columbia, and 293 miles west-northwest of Vancouver.

The USGS said the quake was reported at a depth of 6.2 miles.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Ted Kerr)

<p>A couple walks along the beach near Tofino, British Columbia February 5, 2006. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>