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British Columbia earthquake: California tsunami risk very low

October 27, 2012 | 10:00 pm

Earthquake Location

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Canada and Alaska after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in British Columbia on Saturday night, but officials said there is no danger to California.

The temblor was reported on Queen Charlotte Island off the Pacific coast.

That's about 125 miles southwest of Prince Rupert.

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

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it issued an alert for areas around the quake but said evidence suggests officials don't expect a destructive tsunami.

As for the greater Pacific coast, the center said it "does not expect a wider threat to occur."

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