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Small earthquake shivers off northwestern tip of Vancouver Island

A region off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island has been rattled by a minor earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.4 quake occurred this morning at 5:52 a.m.

It was centred in the Pacific Ocean, 161 kilometres west of Port Hardy, B.C.

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The region, along a major fault line and 10 kilometres below the surface, is prone to quakes.

A tremor measuring 5.7 was recorded in the same area earlier this year.

Experts say it's unlikely the latest earthquake was strong enough to cause damage or be felt on Vancouver Island.

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