Apr 21, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Earthquake In The Northwest British Columbia Shook Up The Communities In Southeast Alaska and Yukon Territory

May 02, 2017 08:10 AM EDT

People in Alaska and the Yukon Territory felt the shaking after an earthquake rocked the Canada border. Reports indicate no apparent damage is surfaced after the incident.

According to ABC News, an earthquake in the northwest British Columbia literally shook up the existing communities in the nearby Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Kathryn Carl, a teacher in Klukwan, an Alaska village revealed that the earthquake shook her at 4:30 a.m. Initially, she thought that her 80-pound dog had jumped on her bed, but later understood the shock of a magnitude 6.2 quake.

After this incident, a number of aftershocks that included the magnitude 6.3 quake at 6:18 a.m. preventing her from taking a sound sleep. The students of the nearby Klukwan School also felt the shaking of the earthquake while preparing for a hooligan trip. Kathryn Carl is the head teacher of the school.

Earthquake first struck the southwest of the Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon territory. The acting director of the infrastructure and operations for the capital city said that officials checked all the major structures after the quake. No severe damage was found. Only traffic lights got affected as some parts of the city lost power due to this incident.

Three Whitehorse substations play the key role in supplying electricity. The manager of the Atco Electric Yukon, Jay Massie, revealed that the earthquake affected one of them and eight thousand customers experienced a power cut. Later an aftershock again affected the station when the preparation was almost completed to restore the power. Though, sometimes after power was restored.

Massie felt the first quake when he was preparing her daughter to attend the swimming lessons. The quake was slow, but a crescendo forced everyone to wake up in his home. CBC News reported that after an earthquake on Monday morning, a Whitehorse Office and a school will remain closed in the Yukon.

Residents of the Whitehorse revealed that they woke up and saw dishes were knocked off the shelves due to the quake. Even they also felt the aftershocks later. The people living in Juneau, the capital of Alaska, also felt the earthquake.

State Rep. Charisse Millett woke up from her sleep as the plastic dishware was knocked off her counters during the earthquake. According to Amy Vaughan, the geophysicist of the U.S. Geological Survey, an aftershock just after the earthquake must be a larger one. Though, the later quakes remain smaller. Now, after the said quake the aftershocks mainly ranged from the magnitudes 2 to 5.

Vaughan reveals that the initial earthquake might lead to damage, though the remote places dropped the probability of any major problem. Tom Mattice, the emergency programs manager of Juneau, got no reports of any kind of damage so far. Rep. Scott Kawasaki, Fairbanks Democrat, posted a video on Twitter that showed liquid in a bottle of energy drink was shaking due to the earthquake.

Kawasaki usually spends at least two nights weekly in his Capitol office to complete his important work. This time he experienced the quake while staying in his office. Haines, a place in Alaska, located 60 miles southeast of the quake epicenter, also experienced the earthquake, but no report of severe damage was surfaced. Haines' chief of police, Heath Scott, inspected the area of 2,500 and saw noticed no severe damage.

It is obvious that earthquake raises panic among the people. Citizens of the Alaska and the Yukon Territory also experienced the same thing. The positive side is the quake caused no major damage and normalcy restored in the area quickly.

 

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