koki Massive earthquake below British Columbia, Canada – All tsunami advisories have now been canceled (Western US and Canada + Hawaii coasts)

Massive earthquake below British Columbia, Canada – All tsunami advisories have now been canceled (Western US and Canada + Hawaii coasts)

Last update: October 29, 2012 at 9:04 am by By

Earthquake overview : A massive M7.7 earthquake occurred below Haida Gwaii, formerly known as Queen Charlotte Islands Canada
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2012-10-29 09:03 UTC
- Aftershocks continue to strike the greater epicenter area. The Magnitude is however limited so that merely the Haida Gwaii population will feel the shaking.

Landscape near the epicenter – image courtesy Flavienm

Final update 2012-10-28 17:00 UTC
- THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ENDED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 0358 AM HST.
- All the advisories have now been ended
- Luckily, there is NO report of damage from British Columbia 

2012-10-28 13:31 UTC
- Tsunami advisory is still in effect in Hawaii. We do not think big changes will occur, but people should at least stay away from the shoreline for at least several hours and until all advisories are cleared (can take many more hours)

2012-10-28 12:05 UTC

THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.
A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 1254 AM HST.

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM GUALALA POINT CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/ TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER…

THE TSUNAMI THREAT HAS DIMINISHED FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH COLUMBIA/WASHINGTON/ OREGON OR CALIFORNIA. HOWEVER… SOME AREAS MAY EXPERIENCE NON-DAMAGING SEA LEVEL CHANGES. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATIONS MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

2012-10-28 10:53 UTC
THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM GUALALA POINT  CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/ TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER…

2012-10-28 10:44 UTC
- The max. tsunami waves so far measured at Hawaii are 76 cm high at Kahului (Maui)  (still less than expected by the weather channel). These are the most readings so far :

The video below is a very interesting interview with a scientists from NOAA. He is giving a lot of info on the tsunami waves and their behaviour in Hawaii.

2012-10-28 10:27 UTC
CBC Canada reports that  Dennis Sinnott (Canadian Institute of Ocean Science) said that a 69-centimetre wave was recorded off Langara Island on the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The islands are home to about 5,000 people, many of them members of the Haida aboriginal group.
Another 55-centimetre wave hit Winter Harbour on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, while a 12-centimetre wave was recorded in Tofino, on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

2012-10-28 09:46 UTC
TSUNAMI ADVISORY STATUS IS CANCELLED FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA AND OREGON.
TSUNAMI ADVISORY STATUS REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

2012-10-28 09:46 UTC
Tsunami waves have reached parts of Hawaii. The Tsunami warning remains in effect.
Here are the first readings :

Image courtesy NOAA

2012-10-28 08:51 UTC
- NO CHANGES IN THE CURRENT SITUATION

2012-10-28 08:26 UTC
- Tsunami warning remains in effect for Hawaii (expected arrival time 10:28 PM)

2012-10-28 07:54 UTC
THE ADVISORY IS CANCELLED FOR SE ALASKA
AND CONTINUES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA SOUTHERN OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

2012-10-28 07:27 UTC
- The earthquake has been felt as far as Edmonton, Canada which is … 1700 km east of the epicenter
- Hawaii keeps his breath for eventual tsunami waves or currents
- A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD COASTAL AREAS.
THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS.
ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE.
THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN.
EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE  CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI.
DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER.
SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.

2012-10-28 06:57 UTC
- The WeatherChannel reports that parts of Hawaii may see waves heights as much as 7 feet. Waikiki coast has been asked to evacuate. If the weather channel is correct, this will be a serious current heading for Hawaii
- NOAA Hawaii Tsunami report nr 5  states that :
A TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAIITHE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS : 1028 PM HST SAT 27 OCT 2012

2012-10-28 06:57 UTC
- No change in advisory and warning areas in Alaska Tsunami Center report nr. 8 

THE ADVISORY REGIONS ARE KEPT THE SAME. NEW OBSERVATIONS ARE ADDED BELOW

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM GUALALA POINT
CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/ TO DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/…

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER TO CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO GUALALA
POINT CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON FROM DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE
OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/ TO THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF
SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA…

2012-10-28 06:22 UTC
Tsunami warning downgraded to advisory for British Columbia and Alaska
Most important elements of Alaska Tsunami Center report nr. 7 :

THE WARNING IS DOWNGRADED TO AN ADVISORY FOR SE ALASKA AND NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA. MORE OBSERVATIONS ARE INCLUDED BELOW.

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM GUALALA POINT
CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/ TO DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/…

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA…

…THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS MODIFIED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO GUALALA
POINT CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON FROM DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE
OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/ TO THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER…

…THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF
SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA…

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
- IF IN A TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREA MOVE OUT OF THE WATER… OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

Tsunami gauge measurements at various stations :

2012-10-28 06:19 UTC
- Hawaii tsunami report nr. 4 states :
A TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

EVALUATION

 A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.

 A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
 TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.

 THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS 1028 PM HST SAT 27 OCT 2012

2012-10-28 06:10 UTC

- The earthquake occurred 2 hours ago and various tsunami warnings and advisories are still in effect for the greater earthquake and coastal areas.
- At Langara (northern point of Haida Gwaii (epicenter island), a tsunami surge has been measured of 44 cm)
- At Hawaii the wave is estimated to arrive at 10:28 PM local time
- For those among you interested to look at live webcams, we have found a live broadcasting webcam from Hawaii – Click here to watch it. A surge of less than 1 meter will be hard to see in the dark. Some stirring water (shaking boats) are a possibility. We hear the Tsunami warning sirens howling at the webcam. Great initiative from this webcam owner to do the live streaming !

2012-10-28 05:55 UTC – Tsunami warning and advisory overview
- Warning effective for British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii
- Advisory (1 level less than warning) for some parts of Washington, Oregon and California (see below)
What to do : if you are living at coastal areas, move to higher ground

IMPORTANT UPDATE 2012-10-28 05:48 UTC

ALASKA Tsunami Center report nr. 6

THE ADVISORY HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN OREGON.

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF
   VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE DECISION
   ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS MODIFIED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM GUALALA POINT
   CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/ TO
   DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH
   COLUMBIA BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
   BRITISH COLUMBIA...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO GUALALA
   POINT CALIFORNIA/LOCATED 80 MILES NW OF SAN FRANCISCO/...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   OREGON AND WASHINGTON FROM DOUGLAS-LANE COUNTY LINE
   OREGON/10 MILES SW OF FLORENCE/ TO THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH
   COLUMBIA BORDER...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF
   SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
 A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE
 TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE.
 PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
 INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS
 ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
 - IF IN A TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREA MOVE INLAND TO
   HIGHER GROUND.

 - IF IN A TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREA MOVE OUT OF
   THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

2012-10-28 05:40 UTC
- What occurred today is a typical subduction earthquake. the stress accumulates from the eastward moving Pacific plate subducting below the North American plate generates this kind of very powerful earthquakes.

2012-10-28 05:32 UTC
Tsunami advisory (no warning) extended to the border area of  Washington state

The most relevant parts of the Alaska Tsunami Center report nr. 5 (continental USA and Canada)

THE WARNING ZONES REMAIN THE SAME IN THIS MESSAGE.
AN ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE REST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA-
SOUTH OF THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND.

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/...

...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
   COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   CALIFORNIA - OREGON AND WASHINGTON FROM THE
   CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA
   BORDER...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF
   SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

2012-10-28 05:24 UTC
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT 0709 PM HST.
THIS UPGRADE IS DUE TO THE SEA LEVEL READINGS 
RECEIVED AND THE RESULTING CHANGE IN THE HAWAII TSUNAMI FORECAST.

2012-10-28 05:22 UTC
- Haida Gwaii (former Queen Charlotte Islands and epicenter of the earthquake) reports to Canadian Broadcasting that some homes have been damaged

2012-10-28 05:19 UTC
- More aftershocks are being reported. They however are less than M5, which is a good sign.
- The occurrence of a similar or even bigger earthquake than the mainshock cannot be excluded but happens very rarely.
- Earthquake-report.com does thank our many Alaska and British Colombia readers who have shared their experience with our site. Earthquake reporting can be only complete in the case of a interaction with those who felt the shaking

2012-10-28 05:07 UTC
Alaska Tsunami center report nr. 5 – Tsunami alert is still in place 
THE WARNING ZONES REMAIN THE SAME IN THIS MESSAGE.
AN ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE REST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA-
SOUTH OF THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND.

2012-10-28 05:02 UTC
Some relevant tweets our Carlos Robles has intercepted
-  “We were just sitting down relaxing and all of a sudden — boom! I thought it was a major landslide,” said Martynuik. “The epicentre had to be right close to us because the power went out right away. The quake seemed to last forever.”
- Tsunami ….”apparently” Sandspit got a 8 ft rise .
- CBC LeishaGrebinski just spoke w/ Ted Renaud on Langara Isl. He said quake was strong, they just exp. a swell expect another one in 20 mins

2012-10-28 04:52 UTC
Report number 4 from the Alaska tsunami center :

THE TSUNAMI HAS BEEN RECORDED WITH SMALL AMPLITUDES IN SE ALASKA. FORECASTS INDICATE HEIGHTS IN S CENTRAL ALASKA BELOW 30CM. THE WARNING AREA REMAINS THE SAME. 

2012-10-28 04:50 UTC
- The tsunami evacuation seems to work well at the moment. A lot of people (ut limited in number) have been called to evacuate for higher ground and did so in the meanwhile
- The epicenter of the 3 M5+ aftershocks is heading more to the coast. No aftershock of M6 or more so far

2012-10-28 04:46 UTC
- We repeat that the Tsunami alert is only called for portions of the British Columbia and Alaska coast. Hawaii and the greater Pacific basin have NO alert issued.
- Pacofi and Lockeport, Canada are the locations which may get tsunami waves of respectively 1.7 and 1.5 meter. Other locations are expected to get a max. of 0.3 m. (source info + graphic below : GDACS)

2012-10-28 04:40 UTC
As soon as the Tsunami alert is canceled, we will bring the news to our readers.
The tsunami alert will only affect a limited number of people. Tsunami level calculations are extremely difficult as the wave height can be different for every portion of the coast depending on the coastal floor.

2012-10-28 04:32 UTC
Some press reports are stating that the quake was not felt in Vancouver, which does not correspond with the reports we have received from our readers (see below).

2012-10-28 04:24 UTC
Based on the reports below, the shaking lasted 30 seconds to a minute, a normal shaking time for such a huge earthquake

2012-10-28 04:18 UTC
The Alaska tsunami center has just issued a third report which keeps the tsunami warning as it was mentioned before. These are the most important elements of this report :

A SMALL TSUNAMI HAS BEEN RECORDED ON A DEEP OCEAN PRESSURE SENSOR. THE WARNING REGION REMAINS THE SAME IN THIS BULLETIN.

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF
   VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE DECISION
   ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   CALIFORNIA - OREGON - WASHINGTON AND BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM
   THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER
   ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA...

...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
   ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF
   SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
 PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
 INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS
 ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
 - IF IN A TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREA MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER
   GROUND.

2012-10-28 04:13 UTC
- Except for the Tsunami danger, the dangerous shaking impact will be limited to approx. 2000 people who will have sustained a MMI VII, very strong shaking experience.
- 18000 people will have felt a strong MMI VI shaking and another 186000 people a moderate shaking.
- Please find the experiences of people below this page

Shaking intensities (image courtesy USGS)

2012-10-28 04:00 UTC
- About 2000 people are living within 100 km from the epicenter
- A considerable number of strong aftershocks have been striking the epicenter area

2012-10-28 03:53 UTC
- People living in coastal areas along British Colombia and Alaska should better be going for higher ground. Tsunami calculations are far from perfect and a auto-safety move for higher ground is always preferable.
- The area is merely unpopulated and the closest populated settlements are quite far from the epicenter.
- Haida Gwaii is a National Park, but should be almost without visitors at this time of the year.

2012-10-28 03:45 UTC
- Another agency, GDACS who is using data from USGS reports that : It is likely that a tsunami was generated. The maximum tsunami wave height near the coast of Lockeport will be 1.66m.

GDACS Tsunami expectation – max. tsunami height 1.66 m

2012-10-28 03:44 UTC
- THE MAGNITUDE IS UPDATED TO 7.7. THE WARNING ZONE REMAINS THE SAME.

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1 NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK 807 PM PDT SAT OCT 27 2012 …A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/… …THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA – OREGON – WASHINGTON AND BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA… …THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CAPE DECISION ALASKA/LOCATED 85 MILES SE OF SITKA/ TO ATTU ALASKA… RECOMMENDED ACTIONS PEOPLE IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES. – IF IN A TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREA MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND. PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS MAGNITUDE – 7.1 TIME – 1904 AKDT OCT 27 2012 2004 PDT OCT 27 2012 0304 UTC OCT 28 2012 LOCATION – 52.9 NORTH 131.9 WEST 25 MILES/40 KM S OF SANDSPIT BRITISH COLUMBIA 390 MILES/628 KM SE OF JUNEAU ALASKA DEPTH – 12 MILES/19 KM TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT… EXPECTED OR OCURRING. WARNINGS INDICATE THAT WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFUL CURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL. PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/ BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.

Keep this page open to read more details when they become available
Most recent information on top – Start of the article at the bottom

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 7,7
UTC Time :  2012-10-28 03:04:08 UTC
Local time at epicenter : 2012-10-27 20:04:08 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17.5 km
Geo-location(s) :

  1. 139km (86mi) S of Masset, Canada
  2. 199km (124mi) SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
  3. 288km (179mi) SW of Terrace, Canada
  4. 551km (342mi) NW of Campbell River, Canada
  5. 636km (395mi) SSE of Juneau, Alaska

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area
Historic earthquakes map
Shaking map
Scientific parameters
Human impact map
NOAA tsunami report

Click here for examples of our “earthquake notifications (button below)”
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Hecate Strait Region, Canada Oct 28 23:55 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Hecate Strait Region, Canada Oct 28 23:55 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 23:34 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 23:26 4.9 12 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 23:11 4.2 13 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 22:41 4.7 15 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 22:41 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 21:38 5.0 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 21:38 4.6 24 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 19:16 5.1 47 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 19:16 5.2 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 19:09 5.5 14 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 19:03 5.4 32 MAP I Felt It
USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 18:54 6.4 19 MAP I Felt It
  • Vanderhoof - Keep getting the feeling of vertigo. Actually got the swaying sensation
  • USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 18:54 6.3 8 MAP I Felt It
  • UNITED STATES - I'm in Tlell, on the east coast of Haida Gwaii. It has been shaking almost constantly for about the last one half hour.
  • USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 16:17 5.1 15 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:59 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:57 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:48 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:44 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:42 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:24 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:10 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 15:06 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 14:14 4.0 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 14:04 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 13:45 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 13:09 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 12:38 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 12:18 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 12:09 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 11:53 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 11:27 4.8 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 11:17 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:59 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:50 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:45 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:23 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:10 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 10:04 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
  • in bed, haida gwaii - Can't sleep. Hit with a last of shaking for a second
  • USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 09:52 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 09:45 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
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  • Burns Lake bc - 8:11 pm local time. We live half way between Houston and Burns Lake in British Columbia. It was a rolling shaking feeling and lasted about a minute.
  • Vancouver - On 28th floor of apartment. Felt swaying and hanging light fixtures swayed.
  • Smithers BC - Chair moving up and down, felt like something under the chair bumping it. Liquid in glass moving back and forth.
  • Powell river - Pot rack and blinds swaying back and forth
  • Sayward BC - Not a hard shake, more of a roll type, but lasted a fairly long time
  • Powell river - Pot rack and blinds swaying back and forth
  • Fort st. James B.C. - Metal closet door was rattling for about 30 seconds and lazy boy chair was rocking a little. felt a little off balance
  • Prince George - Blinds rattled against windows -chandelier swayed.
  • Powell River - Swinging light fixtures, 3 waves..
  • Langley BC - Chandalier and blinds moving.
  • Comox BC - We noticed that our light fixtures were moving. We didn't notice any shaking or hear any noise. The time fits the Queen Charlotte Islands quake.
  • Burnaby, BC - On 24th floor of apartment building: light fixtures started swinging; window blinds started swinging
  • Surrey, BC - Same experience as Langley: Blinds moving & chandeliers rocking back and forth
  • francoise lake BC - Hanging plants swinging. Towels on rack swinging. Lasted for one minute.
  • Prince George BC Canada - Ornament rattling against the windows, Light fixtures swaying, carried on for 20-30 seconds
  • UNITED STATES - QuesnelBC. blinds moving. light fixtures swinging more than 4 inches both ways and felt the whole house move back and forth.
  • campbellriver bc - lights swaying door ratteling.
  • new aiyansh - house was swaying, lights swaying, nothing fell over
  • Willow River, BC (east of Prince George) - 8:04 pm on Saturday October 27th, 2012 we felt our house moving. The rocking chair in the living room was rocking all on its own. A tall plant in the house was waving like it was windy. This lasted a full 2 minutes. I have never felt anything so strong in central BC before.
  • Burns Lake - neighbors on the lakeshore all felt it. people in town at higher elevation didn't feel it. blinds swayed, couch rocking back and forth
  • Prince Rupert, BC, Canada - floor moving, pictures |& mirror swinging
  • Kitimat - Light fixture swinging whole house swaying
  • UNITED STATES - our pics were swinging, and doors were swinging
  • Powell River B.C. - Light fixtures swinging
  • vancouver bc - My window blinds, floor lamp and ceiling light were all swaying. Only lasted a few seconds.
  • campbell river,bc - lights waving back and forth and we felt dizzy when we walked around
  • Prince George BC - My body rocked back and forth as I was doing my evening meditation. In the basement. On a concrete floor.
  • Prince George BC Canada - Light fixtures and hanging ornaments swayed for quite a while
  • terrace bc - Fealt quizzy
  • Smithers, BC - Felt floor swaiwing under my feet, Lamp swinging... Landline is down,service unavailable on one cellular's provider network
  • Comox, BC - All hanging lighting and candle holder shaking through out the house
  • Halfmoon Bay - Was leaning on my elbow and felt my head swinging several inches back and forth for over a minute. House made creaking sounds.
  • UNITED STATES - Plants and lamps were moving. I could feel the floor quivering.
  • Quesnel, BC - Rolling sensation for approx 20 seconds curtains moving. Power lines outside swaying.
  • Terrace BC - Chandeliers were swinging
  • Kelowna BC - Felt odd, dizzy, then noticed chandeliers, and blinds swaying.
  • UNITED STATES - chandeliers swinging, floor moving
  • Unknown - Live in Terrace BC. felt moderate, continuous shaking for at least 3 to 4 minutes. first time experiencing an earthquake so don't have much to guage on or compare to.
  • UNITED STATES - chilliwack bc blinds movlng
  • kitwanga bc - things shaking in house and phone went out
  • Terrace, BC - In basement of two.story home....entire home swaying....blinds at windows swaying....cables on poles outside swaying.
  • kitimat - Floor was swaying side to side, signs were swinging, building was creaking.
  • Quesnel BC - Whole house swaying, pots and pans hanging from rack were banging together.
  • Quesnel - I felt my chair moving and sat up and saw my light fixtures swaying along with all the blinds on my windows. I went outside and all the power lines were swaying as well.
  • Houston b.c. - More of a rolling like being very light headed
  • Kitimat - More rocking than shaking...made me dizzy!
  • Edmonton Alberta - Lights were swaying
  • Terrace - House was moving. Somewhat shocking surprise. Never felt motion anywhere near this power before. Overhead lights on chains swinging. No interruption to power, but phones on landline out for 10 minutes. Motion lasted about a minute. No evidence of breach of gas line. Everything back to normal. (I hope.)
  • Fort St James - My body was swaying back andforth and things at work were swaying, lights hanging jerky bags , rubber snubbers on the wall.
  • Quesnel - i felt it good
  • Prince George, British Columbia - Felt as if dizzy, light fixtures shaking for roughly 30 seconds.
  • kamloops - blinds swinging back and forth
  • Prince George - My house was quite heavily swaying back and fourth
  • Telkwa BC Canada - Lights swayed, anything suspended moved.Felt the house moving.
  • Chetwynd, BC - Truck in shop started to move, and loud noises coming from shed. Strong enought to cause wind chime in house to chime quite loudly, a hanging fruit basket to swing and a heavy crystal ball almost the size of a tennis ball hanging in window to swing.
  • Prince George - light fixture swaying in a circular motion, also Ikea light moving.
  • Richmond, BC - Ceiling lights and clock pendulums were swaying. Felt a bit queasy
  • Terrace, BC - Felt dizzy as I walked to look out the window. Blinds swinging sideways, things rattling, overhead light swinging, Plant almost fell off shelf.
  • North vancouver bc - The mirror on my wall was moving. I felt dizzy, didn't think much of it until I looked it up and found this site!
  • Port McNeill - Couch has moving back and forth. Light fixtures swaying for atleast 3 minutes.
  • Kitimat - Damn, trying to watch World Series and chair, house, blinds, walls, house next door and wife began rockin and rollin
  • downtwn vancouver - Felt my building swaying im on the 42nd floor
  • Port McNeill - Couch was moving back and forth. Light fixtures swaying for atleast 3 minutes.
  • kitimat - was very scary
  • Bella Coola - Felt the building shake and power flicker
  • Houston, BC - we have no phone service, felt strong shaking and dizziness. Our hanging light fixtures were swaying alot. window hangings banging against windows. No loss of electricity tho.
  • Richmond, BC - Chandeliers, lamps and blinds were swaying. Heard rumbling coming from underground.
  • Vancouver (False Creek) - A friend in downtown Vancouver felt it and phoned me. I noticed our lamp was swaying just a little.
  • Terrace,BC - REM Lee shaking chairs ,speakers swaying
  • Terrace - We were in a eating at local restaurant when we noticed the lights, blinds, and hanging ornaments swaying around. Felt disoriented but knew it was an earthquake from previous experience. It lasted about 30 to 40 seconds before it came to a halt. I knew it came from the Queen Charlottes or Haidaa Gwaii right away.
  • smithers - light fixtures swaying, whole house rolling, not so much shaking as undulating
  • Kamloops British Columbia - The blinds were flapping and pocket doors were moving for a couple of minutes
  • New Westminster, BC - I felt queasy. Noticed clothes and other things swaying. Less than 2 minutes. Top flr 4 storey building.
  • fort st james - Light fixtures. Shook as well as the house.
  • Stewart, BC - It felt like someone was pushing on the side of my house. Everything was swaying back and forth. The curtain rods were swaying about 3 inches back and forth.
  • Burnaby - I live in Vancouver very close to Burnaby on the 21st floor of a highrise. I felt a slight swaying back and forth and dizziness.
  • Richmond B.C. - Felt dizzy, blinds moving, hanging light swaying back and forth
  • fort st james - Felt the house shake and the light fixtures swayed for about 3..4 minutes
  • Downtown, Vancouve - Felt the shaking in our highrise apartment (26th floor). Our blinds and chandeliers were shaking.
  • langley, B.C - 8:15 p.m. Doorbell chimes went off in a light chime,, blinds shook.
  • Squamish - Blinds rattling for approx 15 seconds at around 815 pm here. Jumped up to see what was causing it and deduced it was an earthquake.
  • Vancouver B.C. - On the 23rd floor of a concrete high-rise in downtown Vancouver, my chandeliers and vertical blinds shook for about 30 seconds at around 8:15 p.m. PST.
  • port mcneill - felt wiggling of my office chair while at the computer. went on for less than a minute. walls and windows did not rattle or anything.
  • Prince George Bc - Was sitting in Moxies having some drinks with friends and I could feel my chair swaying and the chandelier was swaying heavily. I didn't clue in until my boyfriend said I think that was an earthquake.
  • Vanderhoof - My dog and I both felt it at the same time. I thought my wood stove chimney was on fire so I ran downstairs and realized the noise I heard was the bathroom door banging against the shower stall. When I came back upstairs all of my ceiling lamps and stained glass art I have hanging was swaying. This lasted for 3-5 minutes.
  • ladysmith b.c. - felt nothing at all
  • vanderhoof - Loud creaking noises, then mild shaking of the house and doors swinging shut, lights swaying. Went outside, power lines swinging, and trees swaying. Maybe 2 to 3 minutes. Ugly feeling.
  • Courtenay, BC - The open door in our den was gently, but rhythmically, bumping the wall behind it for about 30 seconds
  • Squamish - Rattling blinds
  • prince george, bc - felt nausea, all lights swaying, blinds tapping on window.
  • Terrace - Strong shaking for severalminutes. Quite scary!
  • Port McNeill - My daughter said she felt dizzy and the water in the bathtub was making it's own tsunami; i didn't feel it as I walked the dog
  • Tchesinkut Lake - I felt dizzy, my husband asked what was happening, the plants were all swaying slightly
  • Nanoose Bay, BC - Felt dizzy and a little unbalanced.
  • Valemount bc - The hanging lights and candles were swaying !
  • Fort St. John - The chandelier swayed for a minute, plants swayed. Rolling sensation like in a boat, felt queasy. Felt about two minutes after Prince George felt it.
  • Terrace BC - Light fixtures started swaying, felt like I was on a boat rocking back and forth.
  • Prince Rupert - slow rolling quake, felt like I was on a boat
  • Richmond, BC - Sitting at my desk, I felt it was moving, then I looked at the blinds, they were swaying. I live on the 15th floor. Went downstairs, and saw a lot of people coming down also.
  • Kitimat - Could see walls moving, got out of the house every one on our street was outside
  • Kamloops - Was lying on the floor watching tv when the verticle blinds started swaying back and forth, then it stopped and started again for another minute. This went on for about 3mins in total!
  • Kelowna bc - the light fixtures in our 11th floor apartment starting swaying for at least 45 sec.
  • Port Clements - Pictures on the walls were swinging and as the shaking continued the movement lengthened. The power flickered several times but remained on.
  • Terrace - The shaking seemed to be quite lengthy compared to other earthquakes I have experienced, and I momentarily felt dizzy from the underfoot instability. Bookshelf was moving with items hanging from it banging. Our pets also reacted.
  • Ootsa Lake, BC - Hanging basket,vertical blinds swaying moderately, picture frames on wall tilted, cups crept on table. More an undulation than shaking motion. Duration approximately 1 minute.
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  • Vancouver, Canada - Chandelier shaking.
  • Smithers - Water sloshing out of aquarium.
  • terrace - lazey boy rocking back and forth, lamp doing the same. nothing fell, but seemed to last for over a minute
  • Terrace, BC - Laying on the couch watching a movie and I suddenly felt as if the floor was sliding beneath the couch. My husband stood up and had to brace himself as he felt the floor sliding. The chandeliers, hanging plants, blinds all swaying. 'Shaking' seems the wrong word; it was much more like a sliding and swaying; like being on the deck of a boat. Very odd feeling; as if the floor or ground was like a snake sliding beneath you.
  • Edmonton - In a highrise in downtown edmonton the chandelier was shaking and the blinds were banging against the window. Scared me enough that i put my boots and coat on and was thinking of leaving the building. I thought earthquake right away and checked this site to see if there was one close to me.
  • Prince George - Was sitting at my computer around 8:05pm. My chair rolled a bit, I was swaying back and forth, thought I was getting dizzy, so I turned and looked at my plants and blinds, they were swaying too (about an inch either way). This lasted for about 30 seconds. My thoughts are with you all in the west coast.
  • Tahsis, BC - Dog went canine, running around, trailer shook and crysals hanging in the window were banging against the glass. lasted about 2-3min. We are at hi ground now, waiting for the wave?
  • Chilliwack,BC - Sitting in the White Spot restaurant,we saw the pendant light swaying for a long period of time. We thought is was the air conditioning and concluded it was an earthquake as it was so obvious it was not the A/C. Felt after shocks as the lights swayed again but not as bad
  • Prince George - my house swayed and all my hanging plant were moving, I stop the plants but they start moving again it last a good 8- 10 minutes
  • Juneau, Alaska - Hanging lights were swinging and the blinds were swaying back and forth.
  • McBride - I was in a restaurant when the hanging light fixtures and signs swayed for what seemed like 10 mins. A couple of people had dizzy spells including my mom who has vertigo.
  • Greenville BC - I was at the Greenville Rec Center at a feast with my mother, we were sitting at tables and chairs and it felt as if we were on a boat,swaying back and forth, stood up and continued about 3-4 minutes, people began to stand up and run outa the building and some screaming I drove like the wind to home in Aiyansh, that was scarey, scarey, scarey!!
  • nanaimo - my doors were swaying and windows rattled
  • kamloops,BC ,Canada - dors swaying light swaying
  • Vanderhoof - Was sitting on the couch and felt like I had vertigo so I leaned back. My husband was also sitting on the couch and he said I feel dizzy. I said you are rocking back and forth. All te pictures shifted on the walls!
  • Dawson Creek - hanging lights were swaying
  • Forestry Hill, Haida Gwaii - Felt the start of a typical earthquake tremor here, but soon realized it was intensifying more than usual. The sound of rumbling furniture was intense over the undertone of the crashing trees outside from the woods. The enitre three story solidly built cedar timber home was swinging. Still intensifying, the position under the doorframe was ridiculous, and the run down the stairs, through the hallway and out the door was quick, however there was still shaking and movement from the ground, and the
  • Queen Charlotte Village - When will they stop. It sounds so quiet out there, then wham! It's like a gale force wind hits the house. Rumbles.
  • Terrace, BC - Light fixture was swinging, house plants were swaying, and blinds were moving back and forth enough to smack against the window frame.
  • Fort St. John - Chandelier swaying at least 6" each way . People standing felt as if they were in a boat rocking side to side. Furniture felt like it had an electric current going through it. Very weird
  • courtenay bc - I thought my husband was moving furniture , down stairs, The fireplace door blew open.
  • Kitimat - Sitting on couch, started shaking, chimes started moving, computer monitor was shaking, blinds were shaking, went outside, car was shaking in driveway and the power pole/wires were moving, you could feel the ground shaking, very scary. Watched the wires, when they stopped swaying, went back inside.
  • near Whiter Rock BC - there was a very mild vibration for under a minute at my home and the power flickered once, just assumed it was the wind
  • port simpson bc - My son notice the shaking first, we all looked at each other, then jumped up and turned our CB on only to hear the rest of the village saying it was an earthquake. scary stuff.. got stuff together because we are not in a safe zone :( Waited for ok to come home. Hope we don't experience this often..
  • Juneau, Alaska - Our house on Douglas Island in Juneau sits on shallow compact glacial till on bedrock and we DID NOT feel the quake. I learned of the quake within minutes though after the Tsunami Warning was issued.
  • Surrey, BC - blinds moving for well over 2 minutes
  • USGS Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada Region Oct 28 03:04 7.7 9 MAP I Felt It
  • Sayward - Pot rack shaking , curtains moving and fish tank water moving
  • prince George - felt house swaying and light fixtures swaying back and forth
  • Burns Lake - Lights swaying and felt like the house was being shaken. Husband in bed jusmped out of bed to see what was happening.
  • Fort St. James - House moved, felt nauseated, plants and smaller items rocked and moved.
  • Kitimat, BC - TV was shaking and floor was moving noticably.
  • Edmonton - Im in an Edmonton highrise, building swaying, lights shook, paintings shook. Could hear cups rattle. Creepy.
  • Vancouver - slight shaking
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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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