Warning issued following 7.7 magnitude quake off Canada
A tsunami warning has been issued for all Hawaiian Islands just after 7 p.m. Saturday following a 7.7 magnitude quake off of the west coast of Canada.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that the first impact could be seen as soon as 10:28 p.m.
The warning was issued as a result of a large 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck off of Canada's west coast near British Columbia Saturday evening at 5:04 p.m.
The quake struck on the Queen Charlotte Islands Region of British Columbia, 452 miles northwest of Vancouver and 164 miles south of Alaska. Inundation zones HERE
A tsunami warning was immediately implemented for the entire western seaboard of the United States and Canada, stretching from Alaska to the California/Mexico border. That was reduced to a regional warning to areas immediately surrounding the earthquake.
The Hawaii alert was issued at 7:09 p.m. after further buoy readings indicated that Hawaii could be impacted.
Initial reports indicate that a wave of around three feet is anticipated with Kahului likely to be impacted by a larger wave, possibly up to six feet.
Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property and to evacuate from coastline or low lying areas.
The preliminary 7.7 magnitude quake was followed by another 5.8 magnitude quake in the same area roughly 10 minutes later. Another 4.8 magnitude quake struck just before 6 p.m. HST.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
Inundation zones HERE