7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Canadian island, tsunami warnings issued

VANCOUVER (BNO NEWS) -- A powerful and shallow earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia on Saturday evening, seismologists and witnesses said, prompting a tsunami warning for coastlines in Canada and Alaska. It was not immediately known if a tsunami was generated.

The 7.7-magnitude earthquake at 8:04 p.m. local time (0304 GMT Sunday) was centered on Moresby Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands, or about 199 kilometers (124 miles) south-southwest of the Canadian port city of Prince Rupert. It struck about 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

It was not immediately known if a tsunami was generated, but the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a tsunami warning. The warning is in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the northern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C. to Cape Decision, Alaska.

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