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Home News Magnitude 4.5 earthquake felt throughout the B.C. Peace

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake felt throughout the B.C. Peace

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UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation.  “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes.  The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area.  It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.

Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region.  The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3.  The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.

Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2.  Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake.  Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days.

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Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada.  You can do that by clicking here.

ORIGINAL STORY

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.

The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size.  Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.

Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region.  The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”

Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek.  At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.

Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.

Nancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.

Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”

Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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