A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the west coast of British Columbia on Saturday about 8 p.m. local time.
The earthquake produced at least four tsunami waves that reached Hawaii several hours later, prompting many to seek higher ground.
The earthquake was located about 395 miles to the south-southeast of Juneau. The epicenter was at a focal depth of 10.9 miles, in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
This earthquake location map is courtesy of the USGS.
Reports of damage in the area are minimal, as the islands are only inhabited by about 5,000 people.
The tsunami generated by the earthquake that struck the coast of British Columbia and nearby islands was relatively small, with a 69 cm (2.3 ft.) wave reported off Langara Island.
A 55 cm (1.9 ft.) wave was also reported at Winter Harbour on northern Vancouver Island. Tsunami alerts, to warn of a potential water rise, were issued as far south as northern California and Hawaii.
More than 100,000 people in Hawaii were evacuated to higher ground prior to the tsunami's arrival. A few hours after the initial quake, the leading edge of the tsunami reached the Hawaiian Islands. Most locations on the northeast coast of Hawaii reported a rise in the water level of only 1 to 2 feet, which was less than expected.
All advisories have since been dropped along the west coast of North America.
As millions prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, rain and severe storms threaten to disrupt outdoor activities and travel plans.
While a brief break in the wet weather is coming early next week, rounds of rain will resume later next week and cause difficulties for outdoor plans and agriculture through much of May.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Plenty of warmth and sunshine will be in the forecast this Saturday as the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday.
Lowell, MA (1761)
Five inches of snow. "A very stormy day of snow, an awful sight, the trees green and the ground white. The sixth day the trees in a blow and fields covered with snow", Town Clerk of Ashford, Ebenser Byles.
Great tornado; started near Hungry Town, passed through Nottoway and Dinwiddie to Petersburg and Prince George.
Denver, CO (1917)
Greatest May snowstorm; snowfall of 12".