Last Updated: Sunday, October 28, 2012

(Live) Third strongest earthquake in Canada: Tsunami hit Hawaii


Disaster Report: M 7.7 powerful earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia. A Tsunami Warning has been issued for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska. This earthquake is the 3rd strongest in Canada since 1900, strongest was 8.1 in 1949.
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John Capozzi from Vancouver, BC writes:
"Fairly strong horizontal motion, I'm on the 8th floor of a 15 floor high rise. Lasted several seconds, induced some light vertigo from my sitting position. Immediately knew it was an earthquake (Southern California resident for years). Just didn't realize it was a fairly big one almost 500 miles away."

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Update 11:15 UTC

The Tsunami warning for Hawaii has been cancelled. A tsunami advisory is now in effect. But still beaches and harbors will remain closed. Oahu residents can now return home.

Update 10:25 UTC
Tsunami Advisory canceled for British Columbia and Oregon. Northern California still remains under advisory.

Update 09:45 UTC

 About 120,000 people evacuated from the Coastal Areas of Hawaii.

Update 09:10 UTC

1.4 ft tsunami recorded in Haleiwa and 1.3 ft in Makapu’u. Largest trough-to-wave seen so far is 5 feet in Kahului, Maui. Note that Tsunami waves could last for the next few hours.
Farrington Highway heading into Waianae is being diverted into Ko Olina.

Update 08:55 UTC
-Now Tsunami wave is seen arriving at Kahului, Haleiwa, Hanalei, and other sites in Hawaii.
-Following Tsunami Warning Centre, the first wave was small in Japan too.

Update 08:38 UTC
All roads leading into Waikiki have been closed. The freeway will also be shut down from the H1E at Waialae off.

Update 08:35 UTC
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at Ewa Beach has continued the TSUNAMI WARNING for the State of Hawaii.

Update 08:10 UTC
The first wave will arrive in less than 30 minutes.

Update 07:50 UTC
TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELLED FOR SE ALASKA AND CONTINUES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA SOUTHERN OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

Update 07:40 UTC
Tsunami wave prediction for Hawaii:
6-7 ft wave for Kahului, Maui
3-4 ft for Oahu
possible 4 ft for Hilo

Update 07:15 UTC
Tsunami preparation in Hawaii
-The Hilo Airport being evacuated but Honolulu Airport (HNL) does not plan to close due to tsunami.
-City bus service into Waikiki will stop by 9:30 p.m.
-About 80,000 people live in evacuations zones in the island of Oahu, which is home to Honolulu.
-The following Tsunami Refuge Centers will be open in Hawaii.
Via Department of Emergency Management

Tsunami Refuge Centers in Hawaii :
Aina Koa Neighborhood Park (Honolulu), Asing Community Park (Ewa Beach), Ewa Mahiko District Park (Ewa Beach), Herbert K. Pililaau Community Park (Waianae), Kahala Community Park (Honolulu), Kahuku District Park (Kahuku), Kailua District Park (Kailua), Kaimuki Community Park (Honolulu), Kalakaua District Park (Honolulu), Kaneohe District Park (Kaneohe), Kilauea District Park (Honolulu), Kokohead District Park (Honolulu), Kuliouou Neighborhood Park (Honolulu), Makaha Community Park (Waianae), Makakilo Community Park (Kapolei), Makiki District Park (Honolulu), Manoa Valley District Park (Honolulu), McCully District Park (Honolulu), Nanakuli High & Inter School (Waianae), Niu Valley Middle School (Honolulu), Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park (Waipahu), Waialua High & Intermediate School (Waialua), Waianae Elementary School (Waianae), Wailupe Community Park (Honolulu), Waimanalo District Park (Waimanalo) and Wilson Community Park (Honolulu).

Update 07:05 UTC
1.3-foot tsunami wave recorded in Arena Cove, California

Update 06:55 UTC
The Honolulu Police is currently evacuating the waterfront near Waikiki, Oahu.

Update 06:40 UTC
Hawaii can expect waves between 3 and 7 feet, Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, says.

Update 06:30 UTC
-Tsunami warnings in AK and BC has been downgraded to advisories. Highest measured wave heights have been less than 1 foot
-USGS now lists 10 aftershocks from 7.7  Canada quake centered about 140 km from Masset, BC.

Update 05:55 UTC
A tsunami warning has now been issued for the state of Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. A TSUNAMI ADVISORY has been expanded to include northern California and southern Oregon.
Editor note: It's advisory not warning. An advisory means a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to people near the water is expected.

Update 04:50 UTC
Following Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Tsunami warning has been issued for coast of British Columbia, from Vancouver to the southern panhandle of Alaska. Hawaii is NOT under warning.

Emergency center of BC website updates:

A Tsunami Warning is in effect for the following areas:

ZONE A: The North Coast and Haida Gwaii
ZONE B: The Central Coast including: Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Shearwater


A Tsunami Warning means that a tsunami is expected and imminent in low-lying coastal areas. People in these areas must move inland or to higher ground IMMEDIATELY. Do not return until directed to do so by local emergency officials. A tsunami is a series of waves and the first wave is not usually the largest and could last several hours.


Stay tuned to local radio stations and listen for instructions from emergency officials.

Below is photo issued by The National Weather Service which shows Canada Tsunami travel times.

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Update 04:40 UTC
A small tsunami has been recorded on a deep ocean pressure sensor, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says. However, no damage known yet.

Update 04:25 UTC
Following Washington Post, the National Weather Service has issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. It says the Canada Tsunami warning area includes Craig and Sitka, Alaska.

Update 04:20 UTC
@ CBC News Alert, Quake in B.C. came at 8:04 pm local time; by comparison, Canada's biggest quake, also on Queen Charlotte Fault, was 8.1 in 1949 (Details about 1949 Queen Charlotte Islands earthquake below)

Update 04:05 UTC
@ CBC News 12 minutes to first tsunami arrival on north end of Vancouver Island.

Update 03:57 UTC
This earthquake is the 3rd strongest in Canada since 1900, strongest was 8.1 in 1949. The Queen Charlotte Islands earthquake of 1949 of magnitude 8.1 struck the sparsely populated Queen Charlotte Islands and the Pacific Northwest coast on August 22, 1949, very close to today's quake.

Update 03:55 UTC
Looking the felt reports we have received, tremors were felt in Haida Gwaii across a swath of north and central B.C. that included Prince Rupert, Quesnel and Houston.

Update 03:35 UTC
Prince Rupert is 200 km far from the epicenter where strongest jolt of MMI VI will have been felt. Magnitude 5.8 aftershocks was followed after 10 minutes.

Update 03:30 UTC
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/...

Update 03:25 UTC
It is extemely remote area and with a population of around 5,000 people spread over a large area.

Update 03:23 UTC
GDACS has issued Orange Earthquake Alert In Canada.

Update 03:21 UTC
A Tsunami Warning has been issued for coastal British Columbia and parts of Alaska.

Update 03:20 UTC
EMSC mentions magnitude 6.3 @ 15 km depth.

M 7.7 powerful earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was loated 199 km  SSW from Prince Rupert, BC. It was 6.2 miles deep.

The Queen Charlotte Islands earthquake of 1949 of magnitude 8.1 struck the sparsely populated Queen Charlotte Islands and the Pacific Northwest coast on August 22, 1949. The 1949 Queen Charlotte Islands earthquake was caused by a rupture on the Queen Charlotte Fault (source wiki).
The greatest earthquake in Canadian history was the 1700 Cascadia earthquake of magnitude 9.

03:04 UTC (local time Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM at epicenter)

Epicenter location

139 km S of Masset, Canada
202 km SSW of Prince Rupert, Canada
262 km S  from Metlakatla, AK
278 km SSE from Hydaburg, AK
293 km SW of Terrace, Canada
556 km NW of Campbell River, Canada
722 km NW from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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