Major Earthquakes in W. Canada

October 28th, 2012 at 3:58 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands at 11:14 PM EDT Saturday evening.  There was a strong 6.3 magnitude aftershock on Sunday.  The Earthquake was felt throughout the sparsely populated islands and on the mainland.  This is the strongest earthquake in this area since the 1940s.  There were no immediate reports of injuries, but power was out in at least one area.  There were powerful aftershocks, one measuring 5.8.  A relatively small tsunami was generated, reaching approx. 6 feet at Sandspit and 1.5 feet on the north side of Langara island.   A tsunami warning was issued for the North American Coast from the Alaskan Panhandle to Vancouver Island, and a two meter swell was recorded in Sandspit. The quake was felt in Prince Rupert and as far away as Kamloops.[4] Further, another tsunami warning was issued for the state of Hawaii, especially the towns of Kahului and Hilo, Hawaii. A tsunami advisory has been issued for California and Oregon  residents in Skidegate and Sandspit were evacuated to higher ground.[2] Electricity service was interrupted in Bella Coola. There are only about 3800 people that live in the Queen Charlotte Islands, which comprise a total land area similar to Rhode Island.  Here’s some pictures and maps of the islands.  The weather on the islands is cool year round.  Rainfall is generally heavy especially in the autumn months, when in the most exposed southwestern areas near Tasu  can record daily rainfalls as high as 6-12 inches!  The annual rainfalls are among the highest in the world outside the tropics.  In the relatively shielded areas around Tlell and Sandspit annual rainfall averages from 47 – 55 in).  Snowfall is generally moderate, averaging from 4 in on the SW coast to 70 centimetres (28 in), tho over 100″ on the highest mountains.  Precipitation is typically extremely frequent, occurring on around two-thirds of all days of the year, even in shielded areas, and direct sunlight is scarce, averaging around 3 -4 hours day or 25-33%.  Prince Rupert to the east on the mainland goes from an average high temperature of 40 in mid-January to an average high temperature of 62 in early August.  They haven’t been warmer than 68 this year.  Once in a while the Arctic air comes in from the east.  Last Jan. 17th they had a high/low of 6/-4F.  It would not have been that cold out on the Queen Charlotte Islands.  I’m amazed how fast articles on earthquakes and hurricanes appear on Wikipedia.

28 Responses to “Major Earthquakes in W. Canada”

  1. Jo Anne Reid says:

    Please remember to pray for people in these areas and pray for America–Our God is bigger than any storm!

    1. Jack says:

      AMEN Sister…. In JESUS Name.. :-)

  2. What incredible beauty on those islands!! Praying for those affected and also anyone in the way of “Sandy”

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    We are having some great weather this weekend! Plenty of sun and temps around 50 degrees. FANTASTIC – I went golfing yesterday and will be back out on the links again today. Get outside and enjoy the weather people! Your other option would be to crawl under a rock, stay inside and complain about the weather like a few on this blog do everyday!

  4. INDY says:

    Getting Thee YARDofBRICKS ready for Sandy 50mph+ winds coming!!! All eys on Sandy thee perrrfecttt storm is coming!! Stay tuned INDYY……

  5. fixxxer says:

    couple more months and we all die anyways.

    1. Mark(Okemos) says:

      -1

    2. Scott (west olive) says:

      I’ll believe that if CA falls into the sea first. Besides Motel 6 said they would leave the light on even for the Mayans. :)

    3. Skot says:

      Could GAWD be so kind as to let you go first??? LOLOLOLOLO.

    4. GunLakeDeb says:

      LOL!! Wow, Mr Sunshine – haven’t you read that the doomsday has been disproved?? ;-)

    5. Judy says:

      The Mayans have never predicted that the Earth will be destroyed. All they have predicted is that there will be a fundamental change in life the way we know it. And it won’t be like someone turned on a switch. Hollywood is to blame for the doomsday predictions.

    6. dano (Norton Shores) says:

      The Mayans forgot about Leap Year. So I think their date is off.

  6. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Forecast for southern Lake Michigan, from Chicago NWS…

    GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MONDAY TO 9 PM CDT
    WEDNESDAY…
    …STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH
    TUESDAY EVENING…

    * WINDS…NORTH GALES TO 40 KT STARTING MONDAY AFTERNOON LIKELY
    INCREASING TO 50 KT STORM FORCE WINDS LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH
    EARLY TUESDAY EVENING. GALES CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY
    EVENING.

    * SIGNIFICANT WAVES…12 TO 16 FT MONDAY AFTERNOON BUILDING TO 20
    TO 25 FT TUESDAY MORNING…THEN SUBSIDING TO 15 TO 20 FT LATE
    TUESDAY NIGHT.

    * OCCASIONAL WAVES…TO 20 FT MONDAY AFTERNOON…BUILDING TO 33 FT
    TUESDAY MORNING…THEN SUBSIDING TO 28 FT LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

    1. Skot says:

      AWESOME…wish I could see that.!!

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Thanks – I was just talking to Hubby who’s supposed to fly into ORD Tuesday afternoon. I think he should try an earlier flight (like Mon AM); and this confirms my thinking. I suspect a lot of the smaller “puddle jumpers” will be grounded as this storm grows?

  7. Kimoeagle says:

    aM SURPRISED THAT jACK HASN’T PICKED UP ON THIS ONE:

    Cue: “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On…….”

    1. Jack says:

      Nice choice !, However I Might Choose…. CUE: ” I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET.. “. ;-)

  8. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    For those of you who claim to have tick or treated in lots of snow here is the weather for past Halloweens in northern Michigan

    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=apx&storyid=88638&source=0

    As you can see for the most part even in norther Michigan snow is not all that common on Halloween.
    SlimJim

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Accumulating snow on Halloween is VERY rare and it sure won’t happen this year!

  9. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    There you go – LIONS win and the offense looked great! Next up will be a Tigers win! The Tigers score at least 7 runs tonight. Take it to the bank.

    1. Jack says:

      And if They Don’t …When can I expect MY $$$$ ? ;-)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Tigers win – take it to the bank!

        1. Jack says:

          Tigers = Bankrupt….CRAP !!!!!! :-(

  10. kevin. w says:

    Tigers get spanked, slapped, kicked and walloped but don’t worry I don’t need the money so no sense on going to the bank ;) )

  11. Jeff (S.E. Ionia County) says:

    I feel it, tonight will be the turn around we will see for the Tigers. First in World Series history to come back 3 games down. Oh wait, i think i remember dreaming that. Oh well, better luck next season. :(

  12. Scott (west olive) says:

    Tossing money to the wind!

  13. Judy says:

    So where was the prediction for this earthquake? You know the Italians won’t settle for anything less than an accurate prediction. There goes my sarcasm again…

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