A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the B-C Coast after a 7.7 magnitude (new figure) earthquake struck around 8 o'clock this evening near Haida Gwaii.
An spokesperson at the Provincial Emergency Program says they've been told a tsunami could arrive at Langara Island on Haida Gwaii at 9:16 pm.
Masset R-C-M-P are said to be evacuating residents from low lying areas.
A notice from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historial earthquake and tsunami data, however, a regional warning has been issued for coasts near the earthquake.
The quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres.
Natural Resources Canada's website says "a major earthquake occurred in the Haida Gwaii region. It was felt across much of north-central BC, including Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, and Houston. There have been no reports of damage at this time. "
This is a Provincial Emergency Notification System message. Please go to www.pep.bc.ca for updated information.
TSUNAMI NOTIFICATION BULLETIN
TO: PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM RECIPIENTS
FROM: PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY COORDINATION CENTRE
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BULLETIN FROM THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM. A LARGE EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED IN THE PACIFIC BASIN NEAR HAIDA GWAII THE WEST COAST ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTRE HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING ZONES OF COASTAL BRITISH COLUMBIA:
ZONE A - THE NORTH COAST AND HAIDA GWAII
ZONE B - THE CENTRAL COAST INCLUDING BELLA BELLA, BELLA COOLA AND SHEARWATER
AT THIS TIME IT IS BELIEVED THAT A LOW LEVEL TSUNAMI COULD IMPACT MARINAS AND OTHER COASTAL INFRASTRACTURE. OR CREATE STRONG CURRENTS IN HARBOURS AND ISOLATED COASTAL AREAS IN THESE ZONES. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THESE ZONES ARE ADVISED TO ACTIVATE THEIR EMERGENCY PLANS AND TO IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE MARINAS, BEACHES AND OTHER AREAS THAT ARE BELOW THE NORMAL HIGH TIDE MARK.
Zone C and D are under Information only and no notice for Zone E