Quakes rattle Alaska, Canada border area

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Quakes rattle Alaska, Canada border area

Ottawa (AFP) – Two strong earthquakes struck a remote border area between Canada and southeastern Alaska on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported.

In Canada’s Yukon Territory, about 8,000 people lost power for a short time, while damage was reported to a handful of buildings.

Engineers were quickly dispatched to check on hydroelectric dams, liquified gas facilities and a school in the territory’s capital Whitehorse following reports of cracks in the walls.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, meanwhile, said the government’s operations center was monitoring the situation and was standing by to “help as required.”

The first quake measured 6.2 and was followed by a series of aftershocks and a second 6.3-magnitude quake nearly two hours later, according to the US Geological Survey.

The USGS put the quakes’ epicenter inside the Yukon in a wilderness preserve about 85 kilometers (53 miles) west-northwest of Skagway, Alaska.

USGS said the first temblor struck at 12:31 GMT at a depth of 2.2 kilometers. The second came at 14:18 GMT at a depth of 10 kilometers.

A first quake measured 6.2 and was followed by a series of aftershocks and a second 6.3 magnitude quake
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