REPORTING · 28th October 2012
Kitimat Emergency Services
At 8:04pm Pacific Daylight Daytime today, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded 40 kilometres off the coast of Haida Gwaii, which was felt in Kitimat. The District of Kitimat and its emergency response services responded to the incident immediately, communicating with other emergency responders, municipalities, municipal staff and citizens to assess the impact on the community and the potential for further damage.
At this time, no significant damage to the community or injuries have been recorded. An evacuation warning alert was issued for all areas below the normal high-tide mark. No significant maritime events have been recorded.
The District and its emergency responders have also been in contact with lead responders at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter modernization work camp located near tidewater on the Douglas Channel. No incidents have been recorded. The District understands the work camp remains safe at this point and will not be evacuated.
"The quake rattled the community somewhat, but District staff and emergency personnel activated the appropriate protocols, responded promptly, kept communication levels high and are happy to report no major impacts or injuries," said Bossence. "We will continue to monitor the situation in the hours and days ahead."
Residents of the District of Kitimat are advised to report any significant hazards that came as a result of the incident to the appropriate emergency responders immediately.
AS OF 2317 THE TSUNAMI WARNING THAT WAS IN PLACE HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A TSUNAMI ADVISORY.
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Comment by Ricter Scale on 2nd November 2012
I can't believe people would ask such questions. Quite simply put, the high tide mark in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake for survival sake should be considered the height of the impending Tsunami wave. How high do you think that would be as it towers over you in your last moments? That is what the warnings are trying to communicate.
Normal Tide level
Comment by MS on 30th October 2012
I agree with Larry's statement....What exactly is the normal high-tide mark? Is there some imaginary line we dont know about?
A simple question...from the uninformed.
Comment by Larry Walker on 28th October 2012
Please define in detail what was and is meant by
the statement "an evacuation warning alert was issued for all areas below the normal high tide mark".
I know I am not the smartest kid on the block...but is anyone living or for that matter working below the high tide mark in Kitimat?
The way I interpute this you have to be living on a house boat to qualify. Dumb''