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You may or may not have felt it, but there was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake this morning around 5:40 AM.

The earthquake occurred near Sikanni Chief, 147 km northwest of the city.

This quake joins a series of past ones, ranging from only 1 to 3 on the Richter scale, all occurring west of Fort St. John.

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Early this morning, Natural Resources Canada’s automatic detection system read the event as being a 4.0 – however, the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s Alan Clay said it was determined that it was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake, instead.

Clay told Energetic City by e-mail that there was some industrial activity occurring in the area and fracking operations were wrapping up, and added that in the event of an earthquake 4.0 or higher in magnitude, companies are required to shut down operations, report to the OGC and put in place a mitigation plan to be approved by them.

He said that procedure was not needed for this situation, as it turned out to be a 3.6 magnitude earthquake.

More information on seismic monitoring can be found here.

No damage was reported resulting from this earthquake.

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