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No tsunami expected for B.C. after 6.7 earthquake off Alaska

Earthquake recorded in the Aleutian Islands early Monday
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The teal dot marks a 6.7 earthquake off the Andreanof Islands (in the Aleutian Islands) Monday (Oct. 16) shortly after 4:30 a.m. local time. (USGS screenshot)

A big shaker off Alaska won’t trigger a tsunami for coastal B.C. according to the Northwest Tsunami Warning Centre.

The U.S. Geological Services has stations reporting a 6.7 magnitude earthquake off the Andreanof Islands (in the Aleutian Islands) Monday (Oct. 16) shortly after 4:30 a.m.

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While potential earthquake hazards depend on location, B.C. is the most seismically active region of Canada. Scientists may not be able to predict exactly when the next ‘Big One’ will hit but they agree it’s only a matter of time.

The significant Alaska quake comes as residents across the province prepare for the Oct. 19 Great British Columbia Shakeout, an earthquake drill held each Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m.

Learn more shakeoutbc.ca.

BE PREPARED: Are you ready for the ‘Big One?’



Christine van Reeuwyk

About the Author: Christine van Reeuwyk

I'm dedicated to serving the community of Oak Bay as a senior journalist with the Greater Victoria news team.
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