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Elmvale students in Yukon earthquake zone

School board says staff and students are safe and unhurt
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Ten students and two staff members from Elmvale District High School are safe after a powerful earthquake and aftershocks rattled parts of the Yukon and northern British Columbia.

The students and teachers are in the Yukon on an exchange program. 

"Aftershocks were felt by students and staff and the group are continuing on their their visit in Haines Junction, Yukon without alarm," tweeted community coach and occasional supply teacher Nicole Pagliaro.

"We've confirmed the Elmvale District High School students and staff that are in Haines Junction, Yukon are safe after the earthquake affected north B.C. and Yukon," the Simcoe County District School Board tweeted. 

The exchange group also includes 9 Yukon students and two Yukon staff, making the group total 23 with the Elmvale contingent.

"#EarthquakeSafety reminder this morning: drop, cover and hold on! After the quakes this morning there have been several aftershocks," tweeted Yukon Protective Services, the agency responsible for public safety in Yukon.

Natural Resources Canada reports earthquakes of 6.3 and 6.2 with several strong aftershocks northwest of Skagway, Alaska, 127 kilometres southwest of Whitehorse. 

All Yukon highways have undergone an initial road check and no issues have been identified according to the agency.

Some schools were closed but are now reopened after being inspected.

All Yukon airports are open.

The Elmvale students and staff are due to return home Sunday.

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