No tsunami danger for B.C. after large quake near Kuril Islands

No tsunami danger for B.C. after large quake near Kuril Islands
The location of the earthquake in the Kuril Islands on March 24, 2020.

A tsunami is not expected on Vancouver Island and the rest of B.C. following a large earthquake east of Russia.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean, near the Kuril Islands, struck at 7:49 p.m. PST with a depth of 56.7 kilometres.

The quake did put Hawaii under a tsunami watch but it ended as of 8:53 p.m.

And there were some tense moments for over an hour following the earthquake as the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center looked at the tsunami to determine the level of danger.

The City of Port Alberi was also monitoring the earthquake.

The National Tsunami Warning Center ultimately determined at 9:08 p.m. there was no tsunami danger for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon and California. Some areas could see non-damaging sea-level changes.

Dr. Lucy Jones, the renowned seismologist based in California, tweeted the earthquake happened in the Kuril-Kamchatka subduction zone.

Jones also wrote the earthquake is not the type that usually produces a tsunami, as it is deeper and smaller than other quakes that have resulted in big trans-Pacific tsunamis.

However, seismic waves from the earthquake did lead to a false recording of an earthquake near Kitimat, B.C.

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