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Earthquake rattles in ocean off Vancouver Island's west coast; no damage reported

01/02/2015 03:53 EST | Updated 03/04/2015 05:59 EST
VANCOUVER - A 5.4 magnitude earthquake has struck 211 kilometres west of northern Vancouver Island.

The federal agency that monitors earthquakes in Canada says no damage was reported or expected by the early morning event off Port Hardy.

The federal agency that monitors earthquakes says the tremor was felt slightly in the island city of Campbell River and the Metro Vancouver city of New Westminster.

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck 517 kilometres northwest of Vancouver Island this past weekend.

Earthquakes Canada reported five earthquakes off B.C.'s coast the weekend of Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.

Earthquakes are common off the B.C. coast, where the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate meets the Pacific tectonic plate, but few are large enough to be felt by humans.