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Minor earthquake strikes BC

Minor earthquake hit BC Sunday
Minor earthquake hit BC Sunday

Staff writers

January 7, 2013 — Parts of BC felt the earth move for the second time in two days after a minor earthquake struck off Vancouver Island Sunday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred at 7:33 pm on Sunday. 

That was just a day after a magnitude 7.5 quake hit off the coast of southeastern Alaska and prompted a tsunami warning for the BC coast

While at first there was a sense a panic among coastal communities, the warning was later dropped and no damage was reported. 

Officials say Sunday's quake, which was centred about 200 km west of Tofino, was not strong enough to generate a tsunami or cause any damage.

Coastal areas in BC are prone to minor earthquakes. Experts say it's important to know the risks and become 'emergency ready' with kits that include food, water and supplies to last at least 72 hours.

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