North Island Tsunami responder praises others

Dear editor,

Re: Tsunami advisory for Vancouver Island’s West Coast

The community of Quatsino received a call from Ruth Botel at 1:30 a.m. to alert us of the tsunami watch anouncement. Our local emergency dispatch team went on standby as further information was received from the Automated Tsunami Warning Centre, the Provincial Emergency Notification System and from the North Island Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

When the watch was upgraded to an Advisory at 1:50 a.m., our dispatchers began phoning all community members to alert them of the earthquake event in Japan and the possibility of a 60cm to 1m wave which could hit our shores between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

A tidal surge of around 60 cm arrived at 8 a.m. with no damage being reported.

I would like to thank Ruth Botel for thinking to call Quatsino, and our dispatchers for their efforts to alert the community and for standing by for updates through the early morning hours.

Gwen Hansen

Quatsino Emergency Preparedness Team Coordinator

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy council stands with Marine Harvest

Mayor and council went out on the water to experience local aquaculture firsthand.

Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 Girls bring home provincial gold

“This has been an extra-ordinary season with a diverse group of young ladies…”

Heat warning issued for Vancouver Island

Temperatures expected to cool down later this week

Port Alice considers taking back Link River

Village debates not renewing agreement with RDMW

Living with obsessive compulsive disorder

The Big Read: Vancouver Island mom calls for more mental health services as son battles OCD

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. baseball team offers funeral prize pack

Wednesday’s West Coast League game in Victoria features draw for end-of-life package

Black Press Media journalists win big at Canadian community newspaper awards

Newsrooms earn recognition for editorial and photography excellence

Short trip to car-free Sidney Spit offers camping, beaches, hikes

Sidney Spit is part of B.C.’s Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine ecosystem

Riptide, CVUSC paved the way for varsity soccer players

Chloe Gummer has become a leader at VIU

B.C. woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townhouse complex pool

Surrey woman says it’s not the first time she has experienced racial profiling at the complex

Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Group behind North Thompson River Provincial Park occupation protest says arrest is ‘declaration of war’

A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Online retail giant extends annual ‘Prime Day’ promotion to 36 hours

Alert B.C. campers raise alarm and avert potential propane disaster

Salmon Arm camper lodges a complaint with Technical Safety BC after motorhome tank is over-filled.

Most Read