Three strong earthquakes were detected Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first one was a 6.6 magnitude earthquake about 260 kilometres west of Tofino. It was followed by a a 6.8 tremor and then a third one clocking in at 6.5.
All three earthquakes happened in the same general area over the course of an hour.
The powerful earthquakes were felt in parts of the province, but no damages or injuries were reported. In addition, no tsunami warnings were issued following any of the earthquakes.
Multiple #earthquakes felt in parts of #BC, but no reports of damage or injury.
NO Tsunami threat. RT @USGSBigQuakes: Prelim M6.5 Earthquake Vancouver Island, Canada region Oct-22 06:22 UTC, updates https://t.co/hvAEGnVOmW
— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) October 22, 2018
These earthquakes took place just as an early-warning system was recently tested off the B.C. coast. This new system could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare themselves before an earthquake struck.
B.C. is considered a high-risk earthquake zone and residents are heavily encouraged to be prepared at all times.