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Yukon, May 2 (Canadian-Media): Yukon and Alaska were hit yesterday by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake causing power outages, buildings being damaged, and waking people totally shaken, media reports said.
earthquake: Courtesy of National Geographic
Whitehorse residents told CBC News that they were falling out of their beds and dishes were coming down from shelves, CBCNews reports said.
Two hours later another larger quake, magnitude 6.3 hit Yukon and Alaska which resulted in a series of aftershocks.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated that British Columbia's far northwest, near the B.C./Yukon border, about 85 kilometres northwest of Skagway, Alaska, was hit by the first quake, while the second hit about 80 kilometres west of Skagway.
The earthquakes were also felt in northern British Columbia.
"Incredible shaking felt in Whitehorse around 5:30 a.m. this morning," resident Jenni Beauregard said in an email to CBC, after the first quake.
She said the tremors lasted about 30 seconds.
Ruth brown stated on the facebook accout of Jenni Beauregard,
“Brian & Jenni woke up in the middle of it with their house shaking like crazy. 3 aftershocks and some damage done but their house is fine. "Incredible shaking felt in Whitehorse around 5:30 a.m. this morning," resident Jenni Beauregard said in an email to CBC. She said the tremors lasted 30 seconds. They are all ok but it's a pretty scary situation and they have never experienced that there before.”
The second quake came while B.C. seismologist Taimi Mulder was doing a live phone interview with CBC Radio host Sandi Coleman in Whitehorse.
"You might want to get under your desk if it's still shaking," Mulder told Coleman.
Julie White stated in the facebook account of Seismologist Taimi Mulder,
“Seismologist Taimi Mulder of the Geologic Survey of Canada tells CTV News Channel the quake occurred on the Fairweather Fault, also known as the Queen Charlotte Fault. The Alaska area experiences a large amount of seismic activity due to the movement of the Pacific tectonic plate and the North American plate. In 1964, an earthquake centred near Prince William Sound in Alaska registered a magnitude of 9.2 -- the second-largest ever recorded. Mulder says there could be more aftershock quakes to come after Monday’s temblor. There’s also the potential this earthquake could be a foreshock of a larger quake still to come, Mulder added. “We won’t know until probably for the next week or two.”
Throughout the morning several aftershocks and smaller earthquakes were registered .
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the situation in Whitehorse was being monitored and emergency response was on standby to help as required.
Yukon government officials were also taking stock of any damage to roads and bridges from the earthquakes.
Government officials said later Monday morning that although the roads and highways seemed fine, still inspection and assessment of buildings and other infrastructure was being done by engineers.
Aisha Montgomery, with the Yukon government's protective services division reported that the Whitehorse airport was unaffected and flights were running as scheduled.
Lynn building in the downtown was damaged and resulted in its evacuation and closure for the day.
Elijah Smith Elementary School in Whitehorse, and the Ross River School suffered structural damage and were closed for the day.
The earthquakes also left thousands of people without power early Monday morning for some time.
After inspecting LNG plant, Yukon Energy CEO Andrew Hall said the company's new LNG plant was designed to withstand earthquakes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)