Earthquake rattles corner of Canada, Alaska

2017-05-01 19:01
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Anchorage - The US Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.2 earthquake has rattled the corner of British Columbia, near the boundary with Alaska.

Geophysicist Amy Vaughan said the shallow quake struck around 04:30 Alaska time about 50km northwest of the tiny Alaska town of Mosquito Lake and about 133km southwest of Whitehorse, Canada.

At least three aftershocks have been recorded.

She said this type of quake has the potential to cause damage but that the location and infrastructure in the area dropped the chances of major problems. Vaughan said it would have jarred people awake and knocked items off shelves.

The geological survey website has recorded nearly 200 reports of people feeling the shaking.

Vaughan said the area is highly seismic and a quake of this magnitude isn't unexpected.

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