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7.7 earthquake hits Haida Gwaii Region PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Sunday, 28 October 2012 03:40

BY KIRSTIN ENDEMANN, GILLIAN SHAW, OTTAWA CITIZEN, VANCOUVER 

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/earthquake+hits+Haida+Gwaii+Region/7459506/story.html

7.7 earthquake hits Haida Gwaii Region

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAT AND ROSEMARIE KEOUGH , TIMESCOLONIST.COM (JUNE 2012)

AN EARTHQUAKE REGISTERED AT 7.7 HAS OCCURRED IN THE HAIDA GWAII REGION, EARTHQUAKE CANADA REPORTS.

"It is just an advisory, not actually a warning. People are just being safe", he said.

Paul said Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk was the community centre speaking to residents who had evacuated there.

Shortly after the quake struck, Schmunk posted a warning on Twitter and on his Facebook page: Tofino has activated Tsunami Warning system if your in a low lying area of Tofino please proceed to the community hall ASAP.

Earthquakes Canada seismologist John Cassidy said the major quake was felt across much of north-central B.C., including Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Houston and Kamloops.

He said no injuries had been reported from the quake itself as it occurred far offshore, though it was large enough to cause extensive damage if located in habited areas. He could not speak to the possible damage from a related tsunami.

The slip quake was caused by two tectonic plates the North American and Pacific plates sliding past each other along the Queen Charlotte Fault, he added.

Cassidy said that though the Queen Charlotte Fault where this occurred is seismically active, experiencing in recent years earthquakes of magnitude 6 to 6.5, this is the largest quake measured there since a 8.1 magnitude one in 1949.

He said a quake of that size will come with aftershocks over the next few days.

People should be aware of those and know what to do in the event of an aftershock, which is get under a desk or table and protect yourself from falling object, mostly.

Visit www.tsunami.gov for more information about the Tsunami alert or follow @EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 13:32
 

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