Seventh reported quake hits off the coast of BC

Oct 23, 2018, 00:49
Seventh reported quake hits off the coast of BC

British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic zone where thousands of mostly small earthquakes are recorded annually by sensors in the province.

That was followed by a 6.8 quake at 11:16 p.m., a 6.5 magnitude quake at 11:23 p.m., a 4.9 at 11:36 p.m., a 4.3 at 12:13 a.m. Monday, and a 4.4 at 1:43 a.m. Monday.

And a third, strong quake hit the same area less than one hour after the first one.

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The USGS did not predict damage from the quakes, forecasting they would be felt only lightly. "This is standard for earthquakes to happen in groups of three like this", he said.

"If any one of these quakes had hit closer to land, there would have been devastating consequences", said Wagstaffe.

The three quakes struck quickly, between the 10:39 p.m. and midnight, according to CBC news.

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There are 452 volcanoes in the 25,000-mile area.

Professor Bill McGuire, Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at University College London explained to why the Ring of Fire is so risky. The quake caused a tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors developed by Ocean Networks Canada is installed along the Cascadia subduction zone and when fully operating next March will be able to estimate location and magnitude of a megathrust natural disaster.

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More than 1000 earthquakes take place around the world every year - majority in area sitting on the Ring.