The sparsely populated region of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) was struck on 27 October 2012 by a magnitude (Mw) 7.8 earthquake—the second largest earthquake in Canada’s written history. It was felt throughout British Columbia and into neighboring provinces, territories, and states, as far as 1600 km from the event’s rupture zone. Throughout Haida Gwaii, the shaking reportedly lasted 1.5–2 min, with about 30 s of especially strong shaking. Despite there being only light building damage and few, minor injuries, many of the inhabitants of Haida Gwaii found the earthquake...

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