Hanging plants and lights swayed and blinds rattled in some Squamish homes as a result of a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) late Saturday (Oct. 27).
The quake, which struck at 8:04 p.m. local time, prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the B.C. coast from the northern tip of Vancouver Island northward and into Alaska.
It wasn't immediately known whether any damage occurred in the temblor, but shaking, moving furniture and swaying power poles were reported to the website www.earthquake-report.com from areas as far flung as Terrace, Kitimat and Port McNeill.
A number of Squamish residents also reported having either felt the earthquake or seen items in their homes swaying or rattling.
A Squamish poster to the www.earthquake-report.com site reported, “Blinds rattling for approx. 15 seconds at around 8:15 here. Jumped up to see what was happening and deduced it was an earthquake.”
“Felt moderate, continuous shaking for at least three to four minutes,” wrote one person in Terrace.
“Couch was moving back and forth. Light fixtures swaying for at least 3 minutes,” wrote a resident of Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island.
“Very, very scary,” a person in Kitimat wrote.
Stay tuned to The Chief for more on this developing story.