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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes Alaska, British Columbia

The earthquake was centred on the narrow sliver of British Columbia, which separates Southeast Alaska and the Yukon.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2017 13:32 IST
Associated Press, Juneau (US)
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The National Weather Service stated there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.(File)

A Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Alaska about 135 miles (217 kilometres) northwest of the state’s capital city Juneau.

Coincidentally, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Disaster Preparedness Expo was winding down as the earthquake hit on Saturday afternoon. No damage was immediately reported.

The National Weather Service stated there was no tsunami threat from the earthquake.

The quake was centred on the narrow sliver of British Columbia, which separates Southeast Alaska and the Yukon.

It shook near the Eastern Denali Fault, the same area that experienced a series of larger earthquakes earlier this year.

That string of earthquakes topped out with a magnitude 6.3, which was 10 times stronger than the one felt on Saturday.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 13:24 IST