Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Haida Gwaii region, B.C., Canada

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Haida Gwaii region, B.C., Canada

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Haida Gwaii region, British Columbia, Canada at 04:30 UTC on July 4, 2019 (19:30 LT, July 3). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

The epicenter was located about 340 km (211 miles) SSW of Kitimat and 344 km (214 miles) S of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

A tsunami is not expected, NTWC said.

The USGS issued a 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 highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building type is low-rise reinforced/confined masonry construction.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: Google, TW/SAM

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