8.2 magnitude earthquake in Alaska puts some coastal BC residents at risk – BC News – .

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8.2 magnitude earthquake in Alaska puts some coastal BC residents at risk – BC News – .


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A powerful earthquake off Alaska on Wednesday evening triggered tsunami warnings and watches far across the Pacific and caused hours of anxiety for residents of low-lying areas along the northwest coast of British Columbia.

The US Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula about 800 kilometers southwest of Anchorage at around 9:15 p.m. PT.

It was followed within half an hour by aftershocks which, according to the geological survey’s website, had magnitudes of 6.1 and 5.9.

Emergency Management BC has not issued a tsunami warning, but Ellis Ross, who represents the constituency of Skeena in the BC Legislature, lives in Kitamaat Village on the north coast of BC and says that residents were ordered to move to higher ground.

He says this is the emergency plan for the community regardless of provincial notices and that everyone moved to the bench above the village for several hours until Emergency Management BC confirmed that a destructive wave would not occur.

There were no immediate reports of damage in Alaska or British Columbia, but Natural Resources Canada seismologist John Cassidy said in a social media post that tremors were recorded on the island of Vancouver.

The geological survey’s website shows that people living as far away as Washington state and Oregon have also said they felt the ground move.

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