Government of Canada issues travel advisory for the United States

The Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory for the United States due to earthquakes in the Searles Valley in California.

Classified under “natural disasters and climate,” the advisory was issued on July 6 after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Searles Valley. The advisory was last updated on July 6 and is still valid as of Monday, July 8.

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The advisory states that people who are in the affected area should monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities. In addition, the section notes that, “Earthquakes pose a risk in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington State.”

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the earthquake, “occurred as the result of shallow strike slip faulting in the crust of the North America plate.” Further, the agency states that the earthquake took place roughly 34 hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the same region in eastern California.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the B.C. coast Wednesday, July 3 followed by a second earthquake with a 4.0 magnitude. Three more earthquakes struck off the B.C. coast on Friday, July 5 in the morning that are associated with the July 3 magnitude 6.2 quake near Bella Bella.

Earthquakes Canada owns and operates the Canadian National Seismograph Network and several special deployments, all of which are monitored from its data centres located in Ottawa, Ontario and Sidney, British Columbia. They have compiled the data from all of the earthquakes over the past year and formatted it into an interactive map. The map displays the latitude and longitude, as well as the date, depth, and magnitude of each earthquake.

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