Earthquakes hit Alaska Panhandle near B.C. and Yukon on November 16

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      This morning (November 16), two earthquakes struck the Alaska Panhandle in proximity to the B.C. and Yukon borders.

      It hit at 8:18 a.m. local time (9:18 a.m. B.C. time) at a depth of six kilometres (three miles).

      The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured it as a 4.5-magnitude quake before reassessing it as 4.2-magnitude quake.

      The epicentre was located 49 kilometres (39 miles) northeast of Yakutat, Alaska; 242 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of Whitehorse, Yukon; and 303 kilometres (188 miles) northwest of Juneau, Alaska.

      It was followed by a 3.9-magnitude quake that occurred at 9:51 a.m. local time (10:51 a.m. B.C. time) in the same area. 

      On November 7, a series of three earthquakes, ranging from 4.0- to 5.0-magnitude, shook the Anchorage area of Southern Alaska.

      U.S. Geological Survey

      Meanwhile, a 2.5-magnitude quake took place at 2:05 a.m. this morning in the Puget Sound region off the Washington coast.

      At a depth of 14 kilometres (eight miles), the epicentre was located on Guemes Island, and five kilometres (three miles) north of Anacortes, Washington; 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Bellingham, Washington; and 56 kilometres (35 miles) northeast of Victoria, B.C.

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