VANCOUVER (BNO NEWS) -- A powerful and shallow earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia on Saturday evening, seismologists and witnesses said, promptinga tsunami warning for coastlines in Canada and Alaska. It was not immediately known if a tsunami was generated.
The 7.7-magnitude earthquake at 8:04 p.m. local time (0304 GMT Sunday) was centered on Moresby Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands, or about 199 kilometers (124 miles) south-southwest of the Canadian port city of Prince Rupert. It struck about 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
It was not immediately known if a tsunami was generated, but the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a tsunami warning. The warning is in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the northern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C. to Cape Decision, Alaska.
Canadian gov also issued a tsunami warning for Haida Gwaii, the B.C. coast and the northern tip of North Vancouver Island
Canada's West Coast hit by earthquake
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has hit islands off Canada's Pacific province of British Columbia.
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The quake late on Saturday was centered 198km south-southwest of Prince Rupert, at a depth of 10km, the USGS said.
Al Jazeera's Daniel Lak, reporting from Toronto, said that it was still unclear what the damage was like on the ground.
"It is an extemely remote area ... it has a population of around 5000 people spread over a large area.
"My own own suspicion is that there isn't much communication [right now], but we will hear shortly," he said.