January 5, 2008 / 11:47 AM / in 10 years

Two strong quakes strike off British Columbia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two strong 6.5-magnitude earthquakes struck off Canada’s west coast early on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quakes were both at a depth of 6.2 miles in the Queen Charlotte Islands region, and followed a smaller earlier 5.3-magnitude temblor in the area. The larger quakes were 137 and 146 miles west north-west of Port Hardy, British Columbia, the USGS said on its Web site.

There were no immediate reports of damage, or warnings from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

Writing by Eric Walsh

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