Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Magnitude-6.3 aftershock shakes Canada, Alaska

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The initial large quake hit around 4:30 a.m.

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.

"At this point, we are actually looking pretty good", Richard Graham with the City of Whitehorse said Monday morning.

The natural disaster struck in an area that doesn't see almost as many quakes of this scale as B.C.'s southern coast does.

"We are continuing to assess our infrastructure".

The village is 41 miles (66 kilometers) from the quake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks, including a magnitude-6.3 quake about two hours later.

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

"She was sitting there", Carl said. "It tripped off essentially to protect itself.so that there would not be any significant damage".

There have been 38 earthquakes that measured higher than six magnitudes since 1985-the year Earthquakes Canada started collecting information. In downtown Whitehorse, the shaking set off alarms in at least one business, and small landslides were also observed from that city's clay cliffs.

Heath Scott, chief of police in Haines, about 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) southeast of the quake epicenter, said it shook a picture frame off his file cabinet. In 2015, she was lead author of a scientific paper that examined the Eastern Denali Fault's behavior during major earthquakes.

"At first I thought my fridge was not starting properly".

It struck at 5:31 a.m. and was felt in areas such as Whitehorse and Carcross.

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