Residents of the Yukon and northern B.C. were awoken Monday morning by a pair of strong earthquakes just two hours apart.
The first quake, with a magnitude of 6.2 hit around 5:30 a.m., and the second with a magnitude of 6.3 hit about two hours later.
Both quakes were centred in the province’s northwest corner, just north of the Alaskan Panhandle, and about 140 km southwest of Whitehorse.
Natural Resources Canada seismologist Taimi Mulder says residents of that city report feeling the quake.
“I know it was felt quite strongly in Whitehorse, and there was a lot of shaking that went on for probably about thirty seconds.”
There have also been a number of aftershocks, with some with magnitudes as high as and 5.2.
“These are both occurring on the Fairweather Fault,” says Mulder.
“They’re shallow earthquakes. The Fairweather Fault is an extension of the Denali Fault that goes up through Fairbanks, Alaska. There had been a much larger earthquake that occurred there quite a few years ago, magnitude eight.”
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Centre says there is no threat associated with the quakes.
There have been no reports of damage or any injuries, though power is out in a number of areas.