Saturday, October 27, 2012

7.7 Earthquake off of British Columbia, Canada

8:04 pm pst a 7.7 quake occurred in the ocean off of British Columbia. There is now a tsunami Warning up from Cape Decision down to Vancouver Island in effect.


BBC News - Canada earthquake rocks British Columbia islands

Canada earthquake rocks British Columbia islands

Map of earthquake
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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BBC News - Canada earthquake rocks British Columbia islands



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