BRITISH COLUMBIA

Earthquake Near Port Hardy, B.C. Registers 5.2 Magnitude

03/18/2016 07:21 EDT | Updated 03/18/2016 07:59 EDT

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake has been recorded off the north coast of Vancouver Island.

The tremor struck just over 200 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy around 3:45 on Friday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Natural Resources Canada said there's no tsunami warning, and that the shock couldn't be felt on the surface.

In December, an earthquake that struck 20 kilometres north of Victoria shook the province's South Coast region.

The City of Vancouver said quakes like that should serve as a reminder for British Columbians to prepare for "the big one."

The province sits on what's known as the Cascadia subduction zone, where earthquakes tend to occur either within the Juan de Fuca plate or the overriding North America plate.

With files from the Canadian Press