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A rolling earthquake measuring 7.7 jolted British Columbia’s north-central coast Saturday night, frightening residents and forcing many to leave their homes for higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.
It is the largest earthquake to hit Canada in decades.
Tsunami warnings were issued for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii islands and parts of the central coast, including Bella Bella, Bella Coola and Shearwater. Warnings were also issued in Hawaii, where the first wave was predicted to hit at 1:28 a.m. PT.
The B.C. emergency co-ordination centre issued a bulletin saying a low level tsunami could impact marinas and other coastal infrastructure or create strong currents in harbours and coastal areas.
Residents were evacuated from four communities on the former Queen Charlotte Islands and on the coastal mainland at Port Edward.
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