VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – No tsunami alert was issued after last night’s 6.2 magnitude quake, but Emergency Management BC is on the defence as it’s criticized about its response time to Saturday’s 7.7 magnitude earthquake.
Many coastal BC communities say they didn’t receive official Tsunami warnings until one hour after the weekend quake.
Chris Duffy with EMBC says the priority was accurate information, and he feels that it was done in a timely manner.
“I had staff phoning communities in minutes, so if you went to focus on when the [official notice] went out, that was around the 50 minute mark but there would have been several communications and opportunities prior to that,” Duffy says.
When asked about why it didn’t simply retweet the official notice, he says they wanted to ensure if was accurate first.
EMBC is now holding an operational review to see if there’s anything that could have been done better.