Earth­quake, af­ter­shocks jolt Yukon, north­west B.C

Cape Breton Post - - News | Canada -

Dozens of af­ter­shocks rat­tled parts of south­ern Yukon and north­ern Bri­tish Columbia af­ter a strong earth­quake shook the area Mon­day morn­ing.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada re­ported the first quake with a mag­ni­tude of 6.2 hit at 5:31 a.m. Pa­cific time.

It was cen­tred in a re­mote area 77 kilo­me­tres north­west of Sk­ag­way, Alaska, and 127 kilo­me­tres south­west of White­horse.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey web­site showed that the shaker was fol­lowed by many more over the next 90 min­utes, in­clud­ing af­ter­shocks with mag­ni­tudes of 6.3 and 5.2.

Four hours af­ter the quake, the ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey had recorded more than 50 tem­blors, and af­ter­shocks con­tin­ued to shake the area.

The Yukon Gov­ern­ment ac­ti­vated its Emer­gency Co-or­di­na­tion Cen­tre as the quakes con­tin­ued.

“What I can tell you is that there have been no re­ports of dam­age or in­jury in White­horse,” said an of­fi­cial who an­swered the phone at the Yukon Emer­gency Mea­sures Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to as­sess our in­fra­struc­ture. There are in­ter­mit­tent power failures within White­horse. Sir, I have got to go. There is another earth­quake hap­pen­ing.”

Earth­quakes over a mag­ni­tude of six can cause dam­age to build­ings, even well-built ones.

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