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Tsunami risk extremely low from Canada's 7.7 earthquake

October 28, 2012 |  8:04 am

Earthquake LocationThe magnitude 7.7 earthquake in British Columbia on Saturday night prompted tsunami warnings for parts of Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, but any impact for California has passed and appears too tiny to detect.

The temblor was reported on Queen Charlotte Island off the Pacific Coast, about 125 miles southwest of Prince Rupert. There were no immediate reports of major damage.

The temblor was felt across western Canada's coast as well as in Seattle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake produced evidence of some tsunami activity, but it was not believed to be powerful enough to cause damage.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the quake could have produced minuscule wave action along the California coast overnight, but not enough to be detected or destructive.

The massive quake in Japan last year did produce tsunami waves that caused damage along the California coast, particularly at Crescent City and Santa Cruz harbors.

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