Earthquakes shake Canadian coast
Coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest are under a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake shook an island off the west coast of Canada.
The Canadian authorities are warning people on Vancouver Island to take precautions after a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Earthquakes Canada said the quake struck just after 8 p.m. Saturday local time in the Haida Gwaii region. The agency said the quake was felt across much of north-central B.C.
“If you are in a low lying coastal area you are at risk and must move to higher ground or inland now,” the agency said.
“Do not return until directed to do so. Closely monitor local radio stations for additional information from local authorities.”
The quake was felt across a wide area that includes Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was the possibility of “widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents.”
There have been no reports of damage at this time,” Natural Resources Canada said in a statement issued Saturday night.
Almost half million people of South Asian origin live in British Columbia.