A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has struck the Queen Charlotte Islands Haida Gwaii region off the west coast of Canada at around 11 pm E.S.T. and has currently (it’s now 2:01 a.m. E.S.T.) spurned on 8 aftershocks ranging from 4.3 to 5.5 magnitude.
The Queen Charlotte Islands area is already known for Canada’s largest recorded earthquake at 8.1 magnitude in 1949. The last largest earthquake in this area was in 1970 at 7.4 magnitude. This area is also known as Haida Gwaii and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Since the epic events off the coast of Japan March 11, 2011, evidence has been mounting that the Earth is certainly moving and shaking, as the record shows that since August 15 of 2012, the Earth has seen 5 earthquake events over the magnitude of 7.0. See 2012 USGS Significant Earthquakes http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/ But ready between the lines of the 7.0+ earthquake 2012 has seen, there are a significant amount of 6.0+ earthquakes all over. The frequency and intensity of earthquakes has gained momentum, especially since March 11, 2011.
There has also been more earthquake activity in Canada recently as well. Montreal, Niagara Falls and a pretty constant barrage up and down the west coast of Canada. A whole lot of little adds up to one big.
It is not hard to predict that there will be quite a few more aftershocks in the aftermath of this 7.7 magnitude earthquake, as seen in the aftermath of Japan, let’s hope it will not affect things in any significant way and that people are safe.
At least scientists here in Canada are safe from prosecution for not predicting this earthquake ahead of time, cause they don’t really exist here anymore.
Le sigh. Praying for family, friends and people affected by the earthquake.