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6.4 Earthquake Hits Just Off Vancouver Island

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Friday afternoon off the coast of British Columbia, according to the Seattle Times.

The quake occurred at 12:41 p.m. at a depth of 14.3 miles, in the Pacific Ocean about 170 miles west of Victoria, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was felt at least as far south as Seattle.

As a precaution, the Washington state transportation department sent inspectors to check for damage at the Alaskan Way Viaduct, an aging elevated highway on the Seattle waterfront, as well as two other bridges, according to the Canadian news site, CBC News Canada.

The CBS News Canada also reports that Tofino, the biggest community near the epicentre on the west coast of Vancouver Island, barely felt the earthquake and no one had reported damage. No tsunami warning was issued.

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