Sunday, October 28, 2012

HOT: Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Hits Canadian Coast; West Coast Tsunami Warning Issued


Update 1:

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of western Canada and a tsunami warning has been issued. There are no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado says the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands at 11:14 p.m. Sunday local time (0314 GMT) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia.

Update 2:

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. It says the warning area includes Craig and Sitka, Alaska

The USGS says the 7.7 magnitude quake shook the area and was then followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.

Update 3:

The USGS is now reporting a second aftershock: Magnitude 4.8 about 126 miles south of Masset.

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