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The quake happened at approximately 5:43 a.m. Monday, roughly 179 kilometres west of Port Hardy. (USGS)

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Vancouver Island early Monday morning.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the quake happened at approximately 5:43 a.m., roughly 179 kilometres west of Port Hardy.

Environment Canada says that there are no reports of damage and that "none would be expected" after the earthquake shook at a depth of five kilometres.

The agency says that no tsunami is expected following the quake.

Monday's rumbling marks the third earthquake with a magnitude greater than 4.0 reported off B.C.'s coast since the start of 2020. 

On Jan. 24, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was detected near Tofino, and on Jan. 8, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake rattled off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.