Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

No reports of damage after quake rumbles across western Yukon

Seismologists have upgraded the magnitude of an earthquake that has occurred in a remote area of southwestern Yukon.

Earthquakes Canada says the magnitude is now measured at 5.0, up from an earlier estimate of 4.7.

It occurred at 6:25 a.m. local time and was relatively shallow at just 2.5 kilometres underground.

Story continues below advertisement

It was centred 100 kilometres south of the village of Haines Junction near the Alaska border, and about 180 kilometres southwest of Whitehorse.

An online post from Earthquakes Canada says no reports of damage have been received.

The United States Geological Survey says earthquakes between 5.0 and 6.0 are strong enough to move furniture and can do slight to moderate damage to well-built buildings.

The temblor comes just a day after a mild 3.5 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Haida Gwaii and was felt in Skidegate and Queen Charlotte City, but was not powerful enough to cause damage or spawn a tsunami.

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at