EARTHQUAKE HITS B.C.'S HAIDA GWAII REGION
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EARTHQUAKE HITS B.C.'S HAIDA GWAII REGION

Prince Rupert : Canada | Oct 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM PDT
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An earthquake hit near Haida Gwaii on British Columbia's coast along the Queen Charlotte fault line measuring at a magnitude of 7.7 at 8:04 p.m. this evening. Early reports stated that no injuries have been reported and it appears that there is no significant damage.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 198 kilometres south-southwest of Prince Rupert at a depth of 10 km in a seismically active region, said the US Geological Survey and Earthquakes Canada who initially measured the magnitude at 7.1 but later altered their report to 7.7.

A tsunami warning was put into effect for parts of coastal British Columbia, including the North Coast, Haida Gwaii and Central Coast, which has now been downgraded to a tsunami advisory. Measurements of the waves generated as a result of the earthquake are stated to be 44 cm. Waves have not yet caused damage however residents of Haida Gwaii and Port Edward near Prince Rupert have been evacuated. The tsunami advisory is in effect from Alaska to Washington State. Waikiki Beach of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii is evacuating coastal areas with tsunami warnings still in effect.

Sourced: CBC News and Vancouver Sun

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