Basket Stars

Basket Stars like these can be found in the cold waters of the pacific northwest. They have five arms, with several branches extending from each arm. They can be seen using a few of their arms to cling to either rocks or coral, while using the others to collect food brought by the current.

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Earthquake hits off coast of Port Hardy, B.C.
April 24 2014 - by Amy Judd - Global News
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island Wednesday night.
According to the United States Geological Survey, (USGS), it struck at 8:10 p.m. PDT and the epicentre was located about 91 km south, off the coast, at a depth of about 11 km. It was originally recorded as a 6.7 but was downgraded to a 6.6 magnitude quake.
Residents in Port Hardy said the ground shook for about 35 to 40 seconds during the preliminary earthquake. Groceries were knocked off the shelves at the local Overwaitea store.
People are saying they felt it as far away as Langley and Kelowna.
The National Weather Service says there is no risk of a tsunami.
However, the USGS says to expect aftershocks. Earthquakes Canada reports there have been three aftershocks – magnitude 5.0, 4.2 and 4.2 struck the same region at about 8:20, 8:41 p.m. and 10:16 p.m. PDT respectively. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the earthquake.
Taimi Mulder, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, said this area gets hit by a magnitude 6 earthquake every one to two years. “It occurred on the edge of where the Pacific plate touches the North America plate, where it starts to go underneath,” she said. “It’s an area where we do have a history of having earthquakes.”
“It [was] right at the boundary where the off-shore Juan de Fuca Plate starts to subduct or go under the edge of the North America Plate.”
“It’s part of the normal seismicity that we’ve been getting,” she added, “since we’ve been monitoring very closely over the past 20 years, 30 years.”
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A Video my friend Trisha Stovel made of me, hard at work this summer.