Six earthquakes rocked the ground across Alaska this morning. The quakes hit between 6.45am and 6.57am GMT. The strength of the earthquakes varied from magnitude 2.6 to 3.5. The strongest quake, a magnitude 3.5 hit is the latest to hit the US state, some 41 miles south-southwest of Kobuk, a city in the Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska.
The first quake hit further south, only 13,6 miles east of Redoubt Volcano.
The active Redoubt Volcano is located approximately 110 miles from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.
This comes only days after a magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit near the Alaskan city.
No reports of injuries or damage have been reported, but the recent activity has sparked fears bigger tremors are right around the corner.
Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, and on November 30 last year experienced a magnitude 7 quake which triggered a tsunami alert along the coast.
In January, Alaska was also hit by a staggering 98 quakes in just ten days.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday (Feb 21). Although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property, the quake produced huge landslides, closed the Chitose airport, canceled trains and metro and disrupted mobile communications. No tsunami warnings.
The quake struck at 9.22pm (8.22pm Singapore time) at a depth of 41 kilometres and 55 kilometres southeast of the city of Sapporo, according to the US Geological Survey.
Residents of 14 ocean-view homes on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast have been ordered to leave after an engineering report found that nearby sinkholes are putting them at risk.As of 1 p.m. Friday, District of Sechelt declared a local state of emergency for the Seawatch neighbourhood perched above the west side of Sechelt Inlet north of Vancouver.
The area is surrounded by blue fencing to keep intruders – and residents – away from the homes.
“Future sinkholes or landslides could damage existing infrastructure such as underground utilities, roads or sidewalks, or private property including buildings and retaining walls,” says the engineering report commissioned by the district. “Injury or even death are possible consequences.”
Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers said the district wanted to impose the order last week, but delayed after objections from residents facing a sudden exit. Instead, an evacuation advisory has been in place with barriers erected on the street.
Under the advisory, the district ordered residents to move children out of the area. Most homes were inhabited by retired couples.