Earthquake of 6.6 magnitude off B.C.; no tsunami, says warning centre

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has jolted British Columbia’s north coast but has not spawned a tsunami.

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has jolted British Columbia’s north coast but has not spawned a tsunami.

The Pacific Geoscience Centre in Sidney, B.C., reports the quake occurred at 7:30 a.m.

It was centred 144 kilometres southeast of Queen Charlotte City, off the extreme southern tip of the Queen Charlotte Islands, roughly 700 kilometres north of Vancouver.

The quake was felt over a wide area of northwestern B.C., from Terrace to Kitimat and as far south as Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

It was followed by a 5.7 magnitude aftershock about six minutes later but there are no reports of damage from either shaker.

Guy Urban, a spokesman at the Tsunami Warning Centre in Palmer, Alaska, says earthquakes in that area are “not unusual.”

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