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Haida Gwaii After Shocks

From the Times Colonist


Earthquakes continue to rumble the Pacific Northwest coast Sunday, after a strong earthquake near Haida Gwaii set off tsunami warnings as far south as Victoria and Hawaii.
A 3.9-magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles this morning around 8:24 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit 97-kilometres south of Sandspit at 9:17 a.m and a second one hit at 11:54 a.m. This time it was magnitude 6.4. There are no tsunami alerts issued.

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Earthquakes+continue+rumble+West+Coast+after+quake+tsunami+warnings+Saturday/7459644/story.html#ixzz2Adjo9dCF




Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.3 Mwp
  • 28 Oct 2012 18:54:21 UTC
  • 28 Oct 2012 11:54:21 near epicenter
  • 28 Oct 2012 10:54:21 standard time in your timezone
Location 52.633N 132.701W
Depth 8 km
  • 245 km (152 miles) SW (222 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
  • 286 km (178 miles) S (178 degrees) of Hydaburg, AK
  • 287 km (178 miles) SSW (195 degrees) of Metlakatla, AK
  • 766 km (476 miles) WNW (303 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 18.4 km; Vertical 6.5 km
Parameters Nph = 281; Dmin = 317.3 km; Rmss = 1.32 seconds; Gp = 84°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 8
Event ID us b000dg06

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey

Winter Weather is Here!

Get your car ready for winter driving conditions by:

  • Make sure your tires are in good shape and are rated for the conditions.  Check your spare tire too.
  • Carry chains where required by law.  Learn how to install the chains properly before you need them.
  • Have all belts, hoses, brakes, and steering components checked by a licensed mechanic.
  • Change your wind-shield wipers.
  • Top up all fluids to the proper levels.  Carry extra wind-shield fluid.
  • Check your safety kit for blankets, water, food, extra medication, first aid supplies, and road markers

Keep care of yourself by:

  • Not driving when sleepy, or under the influence.
  • Not driving in poor conditions when it is not necessary.
  • Planning your trip carefully and sharing your route with friends and family.
  • NOT TEXTING or TALKING on a cell phone.  Pull over safely when using a phone.

Learn more about road safety at the RCMP Road Safety Tips page.


If your are travelling in B.C. be sure to follow https://twitter.com/DriveBC & https://twitter.com/wxnetwork_BC for current conditions.

Check out the BC Highway Cameras at http://www.drivebc.ca/ and plan your route accordingly.

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Public Advisory: Increased flows on Nanaimo River


Sept. 28, 2012

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations


Public Advisory: Increased flows on Nanaimo River


NANAIMO – The public should use extra caution when using the Nanaimo River for recreation next week, due to increased water flows.


Starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, Harmac Pacific and the City of Nanaimo will be releasing more water from two reservoirs to improve fish access through the rapids into the Nanaimo Lakes spawning areas.




Anyone using the river – especially boaters and swimmers – should be aware of the increased water flows and use extra caution. Increased flows can combine with storms to create strong currents and undertows. The higher water levels are also expected to raise water levels at the Highway 19 bridge later in the week by about 0.3 metres (one foot). The higher water levels may last for two to three days.




Harmac Pacific will be releasing water from its Fourth Lake reservoir, increasing flows from 2.83 to 7.07 cubic metres per second (100 to 250 cubic feet per second) starting Monday, Oct. 1. The City of Nanaimo will be releasing water from its Jump Lake reservoir, increasing flows from 1.00 to approximately 6.80 cubic metres per second (35 to 240 cubic feet per second) starting Wednesday, Oct. 3.


Water release dates vary each year, depending on the number of fish entering the river and river flows resulting from rain. Present river flows are slightly below average for this time of year. Nanaimo Hatchery staff are constantly monitoring fish movements in the river by conducting fish-count swims.


These fall pulse releases of water have been taking place for more than 20 years and are the result of an agreement between several agencies, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the City of Nanaimo and the Snuneymuxw First Nation, as well as Nanaimo Forest Products, which operates Harmac Pacific.



Contact:  Arnis DambergsWater Technical Officer

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

250 751-3165


Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Trepanier Forest Fire – News Release 17

 posted by: Public Info. Officer   at Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:11:00 PM

 The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre reminds that with the lifting of the final Evacuation Order at 5:00 pm this afternoon, the residents returning to their home will be on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice. Continue reading Trepanier Forest Fire – News Release 17