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Powerful 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Pacific Coast Of British Columbia, Strongest To Hit Region Since 1949


According to the USGS, a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake just struck the Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada, at a depth of only 10.9 miles (17.5 km), the strongest earthquake to hit the region since the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck the Queen Charlotte Fault on August 22, 1949.  Shallow earthquakes tend to be larger, and therefore more damaging, earthquakes. There are reports coming out of Vancouver that people living in high-rise apartments felt their building sway. Fortunately, the epicentre is located in the sparsely populated region of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), though a tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas along British Columbia and Alaska from the northern tip of Vancouver Island …

Location

52.769°N 131.927°W depth=17.5km (10.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 139km (86mi) S of Masset, Canada
  2. 202km (126mi) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
  3. 293km (182mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
  4. 556km (345mi) NW of Campbell River, Canada
  5. 635km (395mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska
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