A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck about 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island on Friday morning but there were no reports of it being felt by island residents.

The quake struck around 1:36 a.m. PT, according to the Natural Resources Canada.

Earthquakes of that size are common in the area and experts say they do not indicate a large earthquake is more likely.

The U.S. Geological Service reported three quakes of similar magnitude in the area over the past five days, and there have been several more reported in recent months.