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WHITEHORSE-The U.S. Geological Survey reports more than 100 aftershocks, including almost a dozen early this morning, have rumbled across the Alaska Panhandle, southern Yukon and parts of northwestern British Columbia.

While today's two large magnitude earthquakes will likely only cause minor disruption in the form of power outages and nervous residents, it is still important to address these quakes and look at how likely they were. A magnitude 5.2 quake was recorded at 4:49 a.m., and there have been more than two dozen temblors with magnitudes between 2.5 and 4.5.

Natural Resources Canada says a 6.2, 5.2 and 6.3 magnitude quakes struck in a span of 90 minutes on Monday. The second came at 14:18 GMT at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The Yukon government says Elijah Smith School in Whitehorse is closed this morning while the building is inspected.

"We were shaken violently out of bed", Stanford said.

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The large aftershock struck within a few miles.

"We've got reports from Haines that they felt quite a few aftershocks after the 4:30 a.m. earthquake", Ruppert said.

Jaimie Lawson, a 911 dispatcher with the Skagway Police Department, said the town 55 miles (89 kilometers) away did not receive any reports of damage or injuries from the initial quake.

"If people were asleep, they certainly would be jarred awake by this", she said, adding that the quake also would have knocked items off shelves.

Quake seismologist Alison Bird of the Geological Survey of Canada said continued shaking is expected.


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