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Earthquake strikes off coast of Vancouver Island near Ucluelet

Earthquake off BC coast

Earthquakes Canada says a magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The seismic event was detected at 1:35 p.m. Pacific time.

The United States Geological Survey says the quake occurred 26 kilometres underground about 48 kilometres southeast of Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

It pegs the magnitude at 4.8.

Some social media users say on Twitter that they felt the shake as far away as Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo and Victoria.

Friday's event comes after a sequence of eight earthquakes struck off the coast of Vancouver Island between Dec. 23 and 25 that ranged in magnitude from 3.6 to 6.0.



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