Parts of Alaska and Canada are today bracing for more aftershocks after two major earthquakes rattled the region, on Monday.
The first earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2, according to UPI, struck about 60 miles northwest of Haines, Alaska, and was felt across hundreds of miles of southeast Alaska and northwest Canada.
Tim Holm, a Haines Borough emergency medical technician and fire-fighter said “It was a pretty good little roller. It pretty much woke up the whole town.”
The second earthquake which struck less than two hours later, registered a magnitude of 6.3 in nearly the same location, the Alaska Earthquake Centre said. No damage was reported.
There have been 13,676 earthquakes reported in Alaska this year, the AEC said.
Seismologist Natalia Ruppert put the quakes’ epicentres in British Columbia and warned “pretty strong” aftershocks are expected. The biggest recorded so far was a magnitude 4.7
Michael West, a seismologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said both earthquakes were the same magnitude as ones that killed 250 people in Italy last August.
“A 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 magnitude quake like this one, it’s scary as hell if you’re right on top of it,” he said. “People need to be respectful of a quake this size.”