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News archive for February 26, 2014

Earthquake felt in Haines Junction, Whitehorse

Donna Istchenko was at home in Haines Junction having lunch with her son when, for a split second, she thought someone was “bounding up the steps” and banging on the window.

By Whitehorse Star on February 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Donna Istchenko was at home in Haines Junction having lunch with her son when, for a split second, she thought someone was “bounding up the steps” and banging on the window.

As it turned out, there was no one pounding at the window. It was a 4.2 magnitude earthquake at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday, located 52 kilometres northwest of the village or 186 kilometres away from Whitehorse.

With a depth of 13 kilometres, the earthquake was felt in the territory with reports both from Haines Junction and Whitehorse of residents feeling the tremors though there has been no damage and, as it was stated on the Earthquakes Canada website, “none would be expected.”

“It was just sharp and quick,” said Darlene Sillary, who works with Istchenko in the village office.

She too had gone home for lunch and was sitting down when the tremor of only a couple of seconds hit. Sillary could see the window panes rattling.

“I jumped up,” she said, though she noted her reaction to any earthquake is based on her experience in Central America.

She had been in a theatre during a visit to Mexico when there was an earthquake. Fortunately the tremors stopped as the crowd was being ushered out of the theatre because it can be in those situations that people die.

While she acknowledged yesterday’s experience didn’t warrant her response, she said her reaction to any earthquake no matter how minor is based on her experience in Central America.

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June Jackson

Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

We’ll likely see a lot more and worse earthquakes. New technology and greed have allowed well drills to go deeper than ever and fracking fluids have travelled subterraneously.  Thumbs downers.. please just read about it..

http://rt.com/usa/oklahoma-earthquakes-fracking-wells-826/

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