VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – A series of earthquakes has struck an area off British Columbia’s coast, but the quakes did not generate a tsunami and there have been no damage reports.
The largest quake recorded Tuesday was a magnitude 6.0 and was centered nearly 120 miles off Bella Bella, on British Columbia’s northern coast.
The U.S. Geological Survey says several additional quakes followed, with the largest as of Tuesday evening recorded as a magnitude 5.9.
Natural Resources Canada seismologist Honn Kao tells The Canadian Press that the area is “known to have very active seismic activity in the past” and quakes of this size are not uncommon. He says no reports have been received from anyone feeling the quakes.
Canadian Press talked to Bella Bella Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Glen Caston, who says he didn’t feel a thing and says police haven’t heard from anyone who felt any rumbling.
TAHOLAH, WA (83/13)– A 70 foot Totem was dedicated today at Hunishu Point, near Taholah, where the Paddle to Quinault potlatch continued into its second of six days. The Totem was carved from a 1000 year old redcedar tree from a section of Quinault forestlands set aside for such purposes. “The Totem reflects the connection of the Quinault people with the land and the animals. These are the things that make us Quinault,” said Guy Capoeman, journey coordinator.
Tribes from throughout the Northwest, Canadian First Nations and even Natives from Hawaii and New Zealand celebrated through the day and prepared to continue into the night. They progressively shared their customary dance, song, gifts and words of honor and traditional value. Thousands of visitors continued to pour in, shopping at dozens of Native vending booths, taking in the traditional ceremonies and enjoying the complimentary food by the thousands. The Bella Bella First Nation will perform Monday, just prior to Quinault. Bella Bella is next year’s journey destination.
The Totem was dedicated to Emmett Oliver, the Quinault tribal elder whose efforts led to the renewal of the canoe journey tradition. In its first year of 1989, 20 canoes were involved. The final count of canoes this year is 89, according to Capoeman. The Totem, which was also dedicated to longtime tribal leader Phil Martin, was carved over a period of approximately three months by Quinault tribal members James DeLaCruz, Jr., Marco Black and Brian Comenout.
The potlatch can be monitored via streamline at www.GHWebTV.com. More information on the event is available at www.PaddletoQuinault.org.
Motorized canoe races are scheduled to be held on the Quinault River on Sunday.