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Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Canada's British Columbia: USGS reports

Associated Press
Oct 28, 2012 at 04:53pm IST

Washington: The US Coast Guard is warning people in far southern Alaska to take precautions after a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The warning was sparked by a strong earthquake on Saturday night that shook off the west coast of Canada.

The US Geological Survey says the 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for coastal areas of southern Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. It says the warning area includes Craig and Sitka, Alaska.

The US Coast Guard in Alaska says it's trying to warn everyone with a boat on the water to prepare for a potential tsunami. Lt. Bernard Auth of the Juneau Command Center says the Coast Guard is also working with local authorities to alert people in coastal towns to take precautions.

Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Canada's British Columbia

The quake was centred 198 km south-southwest of Prince Rupert at a depth of 10 km, the USGS said.

The US Geological Survey in Colorado says the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands at 11:14 pm. 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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