5-magnitude natural disaster hits 208 kilometres off Port Alice on Vancouver Island

Two earthquakes hit off coast of Canada within minutes of each other

The third quake was reported at magnitude 6.5 just before midnight, near the same area as the previous two.

A 6.5-magnitude quake hit at 10:39 p.m., a 6.8-magnitude quake at 11:16 p.m. and another 6.5-magnitude quake at 11:22 p.m., it said.

Emergency Info BC tweeted that the quakes were felt in parts of the province, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

By comparison, the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989 was a magnitude 6.9.

And a tsunami warning hasn't been set in place at the moment.

CBC meteorologist and seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe said the earthquakes are a reminder that B.C.is in a "complicated" tectonic setting.

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

The horseshoe-shaped Ring of Fire, which is 25,000 miles-long, is known for its chain of volcanoes.

The epicenters for all three earthquakes were roughly 120 miles off the community of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. The quake caused a tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan. About 90 percent of the world's earthquakes are registered in the region.

Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist at the University of MI, told Express.co.uk: "On a yearly basis we have roughly 1500 magnitude 5-5.9 earthquakes around the world".



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