- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TOFINO, British Columbia (AP) - The agency that monitors earthquakes in Canada says a 4.6 magnitude quake has hit along the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Earthquakes Canada said no tsunami was expected and there have been no reports of serious damage from the Wednesday evening quake centered near Tofino, British Columbia.

Residents report that houses shook and dishes broke. Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne says the quake was the strongest she has felt since she has lived in the community.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was about 15 miles deep. It hit just after 6 p.m.

The area is about 115 miles west-northwest of Victoria.

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


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