A report of an earthquake off the Kitimat coastline on Sept. 6, proved to be a computer glitch. (Jules Jelev file Photo)

A report of an earthquake off the Kitimat coastline on Sept. 6, proved to be a computer glitch. (Jules Jelev file Photo)

Seismologist says computer glitch led to false reports about Kitimat earthquake in B.C.

Deleted American report of quake near Kitimat a computer glitch, Canadian official says

A government seismologist says a magnitude 6.5 earthquake reported in British Columbia on Monday never happened.

Alison Bird of Natural Resources Canada says a computer glitch led to the erroneous report from the United States Geological Survey.

She says there was no earthquake 165 kilometres southeast of Kitimat on Monday afternoon.

Bird says the automated system isn’t perfect at processing data.

She says it’s possible that two small quakes at different locations were detected as one event.

Posts about the false alarm on the American agency’s website have been deleted.

—The Canadian Press