Minor earthquake hits Fort St. John

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Dr. Honn Kao, an Earthquake Seismologist for the Geological Survey of Canada, explains that the only reason some people may have felt the minor earthquake is because it was so close to us.

"The magnitude that we detected was only 2.4," he says. "By any standard this should be considered a small earthquake, but because this particular event is located close to the town, therefore, people can feel it."

Because the quake was so small, no significant damage has been reported or is expected. Fort St. John also felt a minor earthquakes on October 18 and an aftershock on the 24th, but Dr. Kao says that is not unusual for the area.

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"I don't think people should get very worried because of these 2.4 events, because it should be considered as normal tectonic activity for the type of tectonic setting that we have in the Fort St. John area."

Dr. Kao explains that although this region is not normally regarded as a high seismic risk area compared to the west coast, earthquakes still occur in interior and northern B.C. and residents should be prepared.

"Although the seismic risk is certainly not even as close as high as we have here in Vancouver, being prepared is always the best way to prevent any seismic hazard."

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