OLIVER (NEWS 1130) – A 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the BC interior this morning, especially the town of Oliver.
Luckily, no damage is expected, and no larger quakes are thought to be imminent.
EARTHQUAKE Mag=4.1 on 10 Sep at 09:16 PDT.
Details : https://t.co/1xJUNMGw9Q
15 km E of Penticton, BC
43 km SSE of Kelowna, BC
— Earthquakes Canada (@CANADAquakes) September 10, 2016
People in Oliver reported sustained shaking for up to 25 seconds starting at 9:16 a.m. Rumbling was also felt in nearby Penticton, Kelowna, and Washington State.
“Most people describe an earthquake that is this mild as being like a heavy truck going down the street or a train going by, so a bit of a rumbling,” says Earthquake Seismologist Alison Bird.
Bird says earthquakes like this one happen every one or two years, and they usually don’t result in damages. However, she says it’s a good reminder that we live in an earthquake-prone area.
“I really encourage people to be prepared, have a plan, have a kit, and to participate in the ShakeOut BC drill next month.”
ShakeOut is planned for October 20th at 10:20 a.m. Organizers are hoping to have 1 million people take part province-wide.