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REPORTING · 5th January 2013
Walter McFarlane

A 7.5 magnitude Earthquake hit off the Alaska Panhandle and shook up Kitimat this morning, Saturday, January 5th. The event took place at 11:58 pm at the epicentre, 12:58 am in Kitimat. It was followed by several aftershocks starting at 12:27 am at the epicentre (1:27 Am in Kitimat).

A Tsunami Warning was called. We were informed several areas around the lower elevations of the Area B (The Kitimat / Prince Rupert coast) were evacuating / preparing for evacuation. As of 3:16 this morning, the Tsunami Warning was cancelled.

According to Fire Chief Trent Bossence, In Kitimat, it took the Emergency Workers, half an hour to get their Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) opened. While it was busy, Bossence told us it was not as busy as during the last Earthquake, probably because it was not close to home.

“The initial stages of EOC Centre are always busy, just guys coming in, trying to get information, all the information we can gather,” said Bossence.

The Fire Chief told us getting information out of the EOC went much smoother this time. The phones were still ringing from people wondering what was going on in the community, whether or not Kitimat was being evacuated.

They were in communications with the Fire Department at Kitamaat Village, as well as with Rio Tinto Alcan.

Further updates are going to be available at the District of Kitimat Website We will post further inforation as it becomes available.
Slept thru it
Comment by Louise on 5th January 2013
Slept through the quake last night. Kitimat used to have a siren functioning and in place in the 1970's that, if it was still in place, would have woken the town in one fell swoop. Wish it was reinstalled, 'cuz that seems like an efficient, dependable way to notify the community, connected to the net or not, asleep or awake, that there is a potential disaster looming.