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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Vancouver

No damage or tsunami warnings reported

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the west coast of Vancouver Island today, the CBC reports. There are no reports of damage or tsunami warnings.

The earthquake struck at about 12:41 PT time, 173 miles west of Vancouver and at a depth of 16.1 miles, USA Today reports. While initial reports put the earthquake at magnitude of 6.8, the Pacific Geoscience Center has confirmed the quake was a magnitude-6.4.

The earthquake was felt all the from northern BC city Port Hardy to Seattle, and San Francisco. Eyewitness accounts reported that they felt buildings swaying. In Zeballos, a tiny Vancouver Island community on the west coast, the power went out, but came back quickly, reports the Vancouver Sun.

Though no damage was reported, Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey said that damage is possible. As a precaution, the Washington State Transportation department sent inspectors to look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct, . The Alaskan Way Viaduct is a highway completed in 1953 that runs along the Seattle Waterfront.

Allison Bird, a seismologist for Natural Resources Canada, said during a February interview with Cowichan Valley Citizen in 2010, more than 3,00a0 minor earthquakes were recorded in Western Canada .  

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