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Haida Gwaii hot springs dry up following powerful B.C. earthquake

Officials aren't sure when, or if, the springs will return (courtesy: Bill Beamish)
Officials aren't sure when, or if, the springs will return (courtesy: Bill Beamish)

Staff writers

November 3, 2012 — A powerful earthquake that struck off the coast near Masset, British Columbia, in later October appears to have pulled the plug on Haida Gwaii's hot springs.

Less than a week after a powerful earthquake slammed into the BC coast south of Masset, Haida Gwaii's centuries-old hot springs appear to have run dry.

Four naturally-sourced pools in the Gwaii Haanas National Park have been transformed into dry terrain.

Officials are working to determine if the earthquake was actually involved, and to what extent.

The area has become a tourist draw in recent years. It's unclear whether or not the springs will return.

According to the USGS, the quake that struck on October 27th measured a magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale, making it the third largest in Canada's history.

No damages or injuries were reported, but the tremor triggered a slew of tsunami warnings from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Cape Decision in Alaska.

As waves triggered by the quake spread outward, warnings were also issued in California and Hawaii.

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