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After the earthquake: questions and surprise

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A 7.7-earthquake struck near Haida Gwaii on Saturday, and was felt from Prince Rupert to Quesnel. It was one of the largest in Canadian history, though damage was minimal, it still has people talking.

Slow tsunami warnings raise questions

Complaints were heard in some communities about the flow of information from Emergency Management B.C. The 7.7 magnitude quake struck at 8:04 p.m. PT Saturday, but it was 8:55 p.m. by the time Emergency Management B.C. was able to issue its first tsumami warning on Twitter, long after U.S. warnings had been issued at 8:13 p.m. PT and news stations had already begun reporting on the earthquake.

In Prince Rupert, several hundred kilometres from the epicentre, some people complain they heard no emergency messages to seek higher ground.

Here is a response from B.C.'s minster responsible for public safety, Justice Minster Shirley Bond.

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Northwest mayor relates his experience

Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener spoke with Andrew Merilees, the Mayor of Masset, about what he felt, saw, and heard during Canada's largest earthquake for more than 60 years.


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The science of earthquakes

John Cassidy is an earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada Pacific Geoscience Centre based in Victoria. He spoke with Leisha Grebinski about the scope of this weekend's quake, and what it means for future events.

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