Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quake rattles coast

PORT HARDY, B.C.—Glass rattled and buildings swayed but no damage was reported after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit off the northern coast of Vancouver Island last night.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the epicentre was about 95 km south of Port Hardy and struck at a depth of 11 km.

The agency also said three more earthquakes followed.
The first was magnitude 5.0 while the next two both measured 4.2.
Emergency Management B.C. reported there was no tsunami warning for the West Coast, including B.C., and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected.
“We can confirm at this time that there is no reporting of any injuries or any significant damage, so all folks are safe,” said Pat Quealey, assistant deputy minister for Emergency Management BC.
He added emergency-preparedness officials were contacted in communities on the Island’s north end.
Pamela Shea was working the evening shift at the Airport Inn in Port Hardy and said she felt the quake hit around 8:10 p.m., adding the rolling motion caused by the quake was “pretty scary.”
“Oh goodness, yes. Oh goodness, yes,” she repeated when asked if she felt the quake.
“My chair was rolling back and forth, the bottles were rattling.”
Shea said it only last about 10 to 12 seconds, “but it sure felt like it was a long time.”

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