Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Earthquake in Alaska/Yukon

Yukon, Alaska, northern B.C. rocked by quake, then another
Quakes centred in B.C.'s northwest, near Yukon border

1 May, 2017

The Yukon government is taking stock of the damage from a couple of earthquakes that shook the territory early Monday morning. At least two buildings — a school and a Whitehorse office building — will remain closed Tuesday.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Yukon and Alaska at about 5:30 a.m. local time Monday, causing power outages, damaging buildings and shaking people awake.

Then another larger quake, magnitude 6.3, hit less than two hours later, about 7:20 a.m. PT. There were also a series of aftershocks.

The first quake hit in British Columbia's far northwest, near the B.C.-Yukon border, about 85 kilometres northwest of Skagway, Alaska, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, while the second hit about 80 kilometres west of Skagway.

Canadian Forces on guard for 'Big One' earthquake in B.C.

Whitehorse residents told CBC News that they were falling out of their beds and dishes were coming down from shelves.

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