Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Haida Gwaii, Canada


A strong and shallow earthquake M6.1 was registered off the coast of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada at 13:56 UTC on April 24, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EarthquakesCanada is also reporting M6.1.

According to the USGS, epicenter was located 187 km (116 miles) WSW of Bella Bella, 288 km (179 miles) S of Prince Rupert, 340 km (211 miles) SSW of Terrace, 432 km (268 miles) WNW of Campbell River and 643 km (400 miles) NW of Victoria, Canada.

There are no people living within 100 km radius.

A tsunami is not expected to be generated by this earthquake.

USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist.

EarthquakesCanada said the quake was felt on Haida Gwaii and the BC north coast, but there are no reports of damage.

Featured image credit: USGS


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