28 October 2012 Last updated at 01:34 ET
Canada earthquake rocks British Columbia islands
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has rocked islands off Canada's western coastline, being widely felt in parts of British Columbia, but prompting no immediate reports of damage.The quake hit 125 miles (200km) south-west of Prince Rupert at a depth of 11 miles, said the US Geological Survey.
It struck around 03:00 GMT and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock. Local tsunami warnings were issued.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said it did not expect a wider threat.
People in coastal areas of Haida Gwaii and Queen Charlotte were reportedly being moved to higher ground as a precaution.
Urs Thomas, operator of the Golden Spruce hotel in Port Clements, close to the epicentre, said the initial quake lasted about three minutes.
"It was a pretty good shock," he told Associated Press. "I looked at my boat outside. It was rocking. Everything was moving. My truck was moving."
Prince Rupert resident Grainne Barthe told AP: "Everything was moving. It was crazy. I've felt earthquakes before but this was the biggest. It was nerve wracking. I thought we should be going under a table."
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