Some Tsunami Warnings Lifted After 7.7 Quake Off of Canada's Western Coast

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

UPDATE:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - There have been no reports of major damage after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada.

Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated.

The quake triggered tsunami warnings and advisories, but the National Weather Service canceled tsunami advisories for Canada and Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory. Larger-than-normal waves hit Hawaii, but a tsunami warning there has been downgraded to an advisory.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii is lucky to have avoided more severe surges after the powerful earthquake. He says beaches and harbors are still closed statewide.

ORIGINAL:
GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) - 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.

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.


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