Strong quake, aftershocks strike British Columbia, southeast Alaska

Strong quake, aftershocks strike British Columbia, southeast Alaska

Strong quake, aftershocks strike British Columbia, southeast Alaska

At a magnitude of 6.2, the temblor hit northwest of Mosquito Lake, a hamlet with a population of about 300.

While today's two large magnitude earthquakes will likely only cause minor disruption in the form of power outages and nervous residents, it is still important to address these quakes and look at how likely they were.

No significant damage has been reported in Haines or Skagway.

A series of earthquakes shook parts of southwestern Yukon and northern British Columbia early Monday morning, knocking out power in the territory's capital. It was followed by a stronger quake - a 6.3 - at 7:18 a.m. PT (6:18 a.m. AKT). Many aftershocks, including one measuring a 4.5 magnitude, were felt in the hours afterwards.

Earlier in the day, the area was hit by a 6.2-magnitude natural disaster.

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The large aftershock struck within a few miles.

Earthquakes Canada also reported a 4.5 magnitude quake jolted the Carcross region, about 75 kilometres south of Whitehorse on Tuesday morning.

The shaking woke Carl. Vaughan says it would have jarred people awake and knocked items off shelves. "Power is out", a resident in Whitehorse told EMSC, describing the first quake.

The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer issued a statement three minutes after the first quake, saying a tsunami was not expected.

An official with the Yukon Emergency Measures Organization confirms no reports of damage or injury, although the Emergency Co-ordination Centre has been activated, and Yukon Community Services Minister John Streiker says dams and substations are being inspected.

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