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Mild earthquake off B.C. coast

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 11:56 AM -

A moderate earthquake was detected just west of Vancouver Island at 6:22 PDT on Sunday morning. It registered at Magnitude 5.5, at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes Canada reported the tremor was lightly felt in Port Alice, Port McNeill, Tahsis, Sointula and Alert Bay, but there were no reports of damage.

"It woke up many people in communities on northern Vancouver Island,'' said John Cassidy, an earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada. "Because the earthquake was far enough away it wasn't strong enough to knock items off shelves or cause any damage but people certainly noticed five to 10 seconds of shaking where things were swaying back and forth.'' 

No tsunami was expected and no tsunami warnings were issued.

"This is one of the seismic hotspots along the west coast,'' he said. "We tend to get a band of seismicity along the region where those two ocean plates meet, and that's where today's earthquake occurred, it's a boundary between those two ocean plates.''

Another quake was also detected Sunday off the northeast coast of Japan, registering a magnitude of 6.0, at a depth of 30 km.

Shaking was reported over a wide area, including the site of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear complex that was hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

However, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said no damage or power outages occurred and although some trains were stopped and roads blocked by authorities, no injuries were reported.

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