6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits West Central British Columbia

PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia, Nov. 17 (UPI) — A 6.6 magnitude earthquake quake shook west-central British Columbia around 7:30 a.m. followed by a series of quick aftershocks, seismologists said.

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage along the rugged coast area, the Canwest News Service report from Prince Rupert.


Seismologist Stephane Mazzotti said there was also never a risk of a tsunami, but the shaking was significant.

“It’s been felt extensively up and down the Queen Charlotte Islands in Sandspit and Queen Charlotte City,” he said, adding the area is earthquake-prone as there’s a junction of two seismic fault lines.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.6 on the open-ended Richter scale, followed seven minutes later by a 5.7 aftershock.

The mayor of Queen Charlotte, Carol Kelesha, told a Globe and Mail correspondent she was awakened by the event.

“It was significant enough to make me feel I was in a train,” she said.

Earthquakes Canada said the country’s worst-ever quake hit the same area in August 1949, “1,000 times stronger” than Tuesday’s quake and measured 8.1 on the Richter scale.

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