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Haida Gwaii earthquake: Most powerful Canada has seen in decades

The earthquake that struck off the coast of Haida Gwaii on Saturday night was the third largest earthquake ever to have struck British Columbia.

The quake took place along the Queen Charlotte Fault.

This was bigger than the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the two earthquakes in Christchurch over the past couple of years.

People all over the province reported feeling some shaking, with reports coming in of movement lasting up to a minute.

“We continue to monitor as a province with our local authorities, speaking with the districts that have been impacted,” said Julianne McCaffrey, with Emergency Management BC. “We still haven’t received at this time any reports of damage, certainly no injuries or deaths reported.”

Experts say an earthquake of this magnitute, 7.7. happens somewhere on earth about once a year.

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