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Natural hot springs north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island are rebounding after an earthquake earlier this week left the thermal waters cold.

B.C. hot springs rebound after earthquake


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:30 PM - Natural hot springs north of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island are rebounding after an earthquake earlier this week left the thermal waters cold.

The earthquake struck 18 kilometres east-northeast of Tofino on Wednesday, no damage was reported to buildings. 

Officials with the Hesquiaht First Nation noticed hot spring pools in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park were cool a day after the area was rattled by the quake. 

But tribal administrator Bob Anderson tells the Canadian Press the water temperature has increased considerably and the distinct smell of sulphur has returned. 

The hot springs area a popular destination for visitors. Anderson says his community has been looking for ways to benefit from tourism spinoff. 


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In 2012, a large earthquake off northern B.C. cut off the hot water at a spring on Haida Gwaii, but Parks Canada has said the water temperature has been steadily increasing since then. 

With files from The Canadian Press and CBC News.

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