Messages on Emergency Info BC’s Twitter account from 2:15 p.m. PT said officials would soon have more information about the risks to BC’s coastlines.
Preliminary information suggests the event was an earthquake that struck at an estimated depth of 40 kilometers. The closest community to the epicenter is Sand Point, Alaska, a small town of less than 1,000 people located about 92 kilometers to the northwest.
The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the south coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.
He said a 5.2 magnitude aftershock was reported 11 minutes later, centered in roughly the same area.