Offshore earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska, west of northern B.C.

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      After a number of earthquakes have been taking place in the Alaska Panhandle, an offshore quake struck the Gulf of Alaska west of northwestern British Columbia this afternoon.

      The tremblor struck at 1:32 p.m. (B.C. time) today (September 10).

      The U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary assessment of 5.7-magnitude.

      It struck at a depth of 11 kilometres (seven miles) with an epicenter located 218 kilometres (135 miles) southwest of Pelican, Alaska; 331 kilometres (205 miles) southwest of Juneau, Alaska; and 478 kilometres (297 miles) southwest of Whitehorse, Yukon.

      According to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System, no tsunami is expected from this quake.

      Several quakes have been occurring in the area over the past few weeks.

      This past weekend, a 4.5-magnitude quake hit on September 7, followed by a 2.9-magnitude quake on September 8. Before that, a 5.0-magnitude quake struck near the B.C.–Alaska border on August 31.

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