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6.1-magnitude earthquake near Haida Gwaii

Last Updated Apr 24, 2015 at 10:31 am PST

(Courtesy earthquake.usgs.gov)

HAIDA GWAII¬†(NEWS1130) –¬†People on northern Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii have received another vivid reminder that we live along the Ring of Fire.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled through the region this morning.

John Cassidy with the Geological Survey of Canada says it would have caused major damage if it had hit Metro Vancouver but thankfully, Haida Gwaii is virtually uninhabited.

“It was in a very remote region, just off the islands and at those distances at 200 to 300km from the closest communities, we wouldn’t expect to see damage.”

It hit just before 7 a.m. and was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 280km south of Prince Rupert, but it has registered strongly on seismometers south of the border, as well.

Carrie Anne Vanderhoop in Haida Gwaii woke up when her house started shaking.

“It was kind of scary. It seemed to go on for a little while longer than usual,” she tells us. “It woke me up. I felt the shaking and my whole building was moving. I could hear the blinds hitting the windows.”

“I tried to get up because I was a little bit scared. My daughter was sleeping in the next room. She’s five. I ran into her room and I was waking her up. I was like, ‘Rosie, wake up! We might have to evacuate the building.'”

There is no tsunami warning in effect and no word about anyone being injured.