Westport sees 3 inch tsunami following Canada earthquake

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada over the weekend, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 pm Saturday. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland.

“It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level,” said Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s minister responsible for emergency management said. “We’re certainly grateful.

A Tsunami Advisory was issued for the California and Oregon coasts, as well as British Columbia to Alaska. There was no Tsunami Watch, Warning or Advisory issued for the Washington Coast.

Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace said that the tsunami impact did reach Grays Harbor, however it was only recorded at about 3” tall at Westport.

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