There is no tsunami warning in British Columbia and none was expected after a massive 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook much of Japan Wednesday morning.
The quake struck at 7:37 a.m. Pacific Time near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Centre.
The quake struck about 60 kilometres below sea level, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It happened in a part of northern Japan that was ravaged by an earthquake that caused a nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011.
The Associated Press reported that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
No tsunami warning was issued for B.C., Alaska and the U.S. West Coast, but Natural Resources Canada seismologist John Cassidy says the first seismic waves reached southern Vancouver Island in just 11 minutes.
A M7.3 earthquake was felt across much of #Japan less than 30 minutes ago (07:36 PDT). The first seismic waves took ~11 minutes to reach southern #VancouverIsland.
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JMA: https://t.co/Veq45QKkxW@IRIS_EPO pic.twitter.com/0eJZew8uCD
— John Cassidy (@earthquakeguy) March 16, 2022