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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Canada's close shave: Msssive 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off West Coast

The inhabitants of British Columbia narrowly escaped the 7.7 magnitude quake that struck off the Canadian coast. A tsunami alert was issued for the country's west coast, but if the mammoth quake had struck a city it would have caused sizable damage.
The 7.7 tremor rattled the Queen Charlotte Islands at around 8:00am local time, prompting the mass evacuation of British Columbia's coastal regions. Aftershocks – some topping 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale – continued to follow the massive quake.
The National Weather service initially issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of British Columbia, but later extended it to encompass southern Alaska, northern California, southern Oregon and Hawaii. The warning was later downgraded to an advisory.
In Hawaii, authorities rushed to evacuate citizens to higher ground as a precaution again a tsunami that they said could “damage along the coastline of all islands in the state of Hawaii.”
Gerard Fryer, a senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami warning center told CNN that, given the scale of the quake, Canada got lucky with a near-miss.
Continue Reading: Canada's close shave: British Columbia escapes earthquake disaster — RT

Dallas earthquakes caused by fracking

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The person looks at the buildings destroyed by earthquake.(Reuters / Tarmizy Harva) 27.09, 22:32 2 comments

Strong quakes cause delayed worldwide tremors – study

A massive earthquake that struck beneath the Indian Ocean in April went on to trigger a global wave of tremors. The discovery has revealed that one great tremor can reverberate throughout the world for days.

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