Monday, May 01, 2017

Magnitude 6.2 and 6.3 earthquakes strike remote region of Alaska

A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck the US state of Alaska. No injuries have been reported and no tsunami warnings have been put in place.

The quake struck a remote area of ‘The Last Frontier’ at approximately 4:30am local time at a depth of 1.3 miles (2.2 kilometers), reports the USGS.

According to a number of witness testimonies, the quake was felt in city of Whitehorse, the largest city in northern Canada and the only city in the Yukon. “Was in bed and woken up by violent shaking. Power is out,”said one witness.
  rt.com
1/5/17
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  • Magnitude Mw 6.2

Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Date time 2017-05-01 12:31:53.5 UTC
Location 59.85 N ; 136.66 W
Depth 4 km
Distances 1464 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 05:31:53.5 2017-05-01
131 km SW of Whitehorse, Canada / pop: 23,300 / local time: 05:31:53.5 2017-05-01
98 km NW of Haines, United States / pop: 1,800 / local time: 04:31:53.5 2017-05-01
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  • Magnitude Mw 6.3

Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA
Date time 2017-05-01 14:18:15.7 UTC
Location 59.82 N ; 136.72 W
Depth 2 km
Distances 1464 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,838,000 / local time: 07:18:15.7 2017-05-01
136 km SW of Whitehorse, Canada / pop: 23,300 / local time: 07:18:15.7 2017-05-01
98 km NW of Haines, United States / pop: 1,800 / local time: 06:18:15.7 2017-05-01
 emsc-csem.org
1/5/17
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  • A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Canada not far from the border with the US state of Alaska, the second one to hit the area on Monday, the US Geological Survey said....


The new tremor was registered at 14:18 GMT 84 kilometers (over 52 miles) northwest of US city of Skagway. The epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 10 kilometers.

There are no reports about damages and victims.

Earlier in the day, the area was hit by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake.

Alaska and western Canada are located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes. On March 27, 1964 Alaska was earthquake hit by the 9.2-magnitude earthquake, which one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded.
 (Sputnik)
1/5/17
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