Quake in Alaska Puts Rupert on Notice

Brittany Webster

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Alaska at 9:29 this morning 50 kilometres Southwest of Palmer.

The City of Prince Rupert has put out a notice of the quake to keep people informed, but Communications Manager Veronika Stewart says it is not cause for concern. "Currently there is no emergency alert in place from Emergency Management B.C. The city is monitoring the situation and we're in contact with emergency officials, however right now there is no need for residents to be concerned."

Alaska earthquakes can pose a distant tsunami risk, meaning it would take several hours to arrive. A tsunami is not likely in Prince Rupert with multiple surrounding islands, but flooding could occur in low-level areas.

The city's emergency alerting system is active for any updates.

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