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article image7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits BC Coast — Tsunami Warnings Issued

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By C. Schroeder     Oct 28, 2012 in Environment
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) Region of British Columbia, Canada October 27, 2012. The coordinates given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center gave the location as 52.9 NORTH 131.9 WEST, at a depth of 10 km.
Tsunami warnings were issued for the Central Coast area of British Columbia, including Bella Bella, Bella Coola, and Shearwater. Residents in low lying areas were advised to move to higher ground. The tsunami warning included areas from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Cape Decision in Alaska. A tsunami advisory was placed in effect for the Coastal areas of British Columbia from the Northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Washington/British Columbia border (advisory only, not a warning).
The mayor of Tofino, BC tweeted the following: "Tofino has activated Tsunami Warning system if your in a low lying area of Tofino please proceed to the community hall ASAP". The Long Beach Radio station tweeted that no tsunami warning was actually in effect for Tofino and Ucluelet with the following tweet: "Deep ocean sensors detect evidence of small tsunami. Warning area DOES NOT include Tofino, Ucluelet area at this time.
Tsunami Messages issued in the past 7 days.
This story will be updated as more data becomes available.
10:03 PST - Emergency Info BC tweeted that a 44 cm wave had been recorded at Langara Island.
Updates:
October 28, 2012
-Aftershocks continue to rattle the area. Tremors ranging from 4.0 to 5.1 have been recorded by the USGS.
-A 6.3 aftershock was registered at 11:54am PST 159km SSW of Masset.
October 29, 2012
-A 6.2 aftershock was recorded at 7:49 PST by the USGS 188 km S of Masset.
Sources:
USGS
NOAA
Tsunami Travel Times  as posted by Google Public Alerts
Tsunami Travel Times, as posted by Google Public Alerts
Image Via Google Public Alerts
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