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A powerful earthquake has struck northern British Columbia, jolting the surrounding landscape and being felt in neighbouring Alaska and Yukon.

Twin quakes rattle Canada, Alaska; Aftershocks reported

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, May 1, 2017, 12:05 - At least two strong earthquakes struck northern British Columbia across the border from Skagway, Alaska, early Monday, jolting the surrounding landscape with reports indicating both were widely felt.

The first tremor was rated Magnitude 6.2 by the U.S. Geological Survey, which said it struck at a very shallow depth early Monday morning. The second struck in more or less the same area and was as strong as Magnitude 6.3.

Several aftershocks have been reported as well, including one as strong as Magnitude 5.7.

The shaking was felt as far away as Skagway in Alaska and Whitehorse in Yukon, where power outages were reported.

Residents said on social media the quake was strong enough to wake them up, and knock items off shelves, and some road damage was reported.

Authorities say there is no threat of a tsunami.

Alaska is one of the most seismically active states of the U.S., with its location at the edge of the Pacific Rim. In 1964, it was the site of a 9.2-magnitude earthquake that struck near 78 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. Around 139 people were killed.


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