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New motion sensors to be installed in Haida Gwaii following record-breaking quake


A powerful aftershock followed days after the 7.7 quake hit the region
A powerful aftershock followed days after the 7.7 quake hit the region

Staff writers

November 1, 2012 — Earthquake experts are set to install a series of motion sensors following a record-breaking quake that struck the islands of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia, on October 27th.

Experts hope to gain better insight into the magnitude 7.7 quake that struck last Saturday (courtesy: Marie Venekamp)
Experts hope to gain better insight into the magnitude 7.7 quake that struck last Saturday (courtesy: Marie Venekamp)

A series of new motion sensors will be installed in Haida Gwaii as part of a province-wide effort to better understand large-scale earthquakes.

The sensors - which are roughly the size of a shoe box - can't predict earthquakes, but experts hope the technology will help seismologists enhance their early-warning systems.

Currently, there are about 130 motion sensors installed in various locations across the province.

The implementation of the latest sensors were prompted, in part, by the record-breaking earthquake that struck off the coast near Masset on October 27th.

According to the Geological Survey of the United States, the magnitude 7.7 quake triggered a slew of tsunami warnings and evacuations.

No damages or injuries were reported, but the tremor has become the third largest in Canada's history.

It was strong enough to trigger tsunami warnings in coastal areas from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Cape Decision in Alaska. 

Those warnings were later dropped, but the waves triggered by the quake continued to spread outward, prompting tsunami warnings in California and Hawaii.

With files from The Canadian Press

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