7.7 magnitude earthquake triggers tsunami alert in Hawaii
Monday 29 October 2012
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada over the weekend, prompting a tsunami warning for Hawaii that sent at least 100,000 people fleeing from shore to higher ground. The evacuation order was later cancelled.
Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.
The US Geological Survey said the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8pm on Saturday at a depth of about three miles and was centred 96 miles south of Masset.
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