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Magnitude-3.4 earthquake near Prince George rattles the city

(UPDATE: Sept. 21 @ 4:15 pm) - The epicentre of the earthquake that rattled Prince George this afternoon was 32 kilometres southwest of BC's Northern Capital.

Earthquakes Canada has confirmed the tremor and published its initial report on the rare event.

It was officially listed as magnitude-3.4, originally estimated at magnitude-4.1, and had a depth of five kilometres.

There are no reports of damage or injuries and Earthquakes Canada said none should be expected.


John Cassidy, an earthquake seismologist and University of Victoria professor, said that the earthquake it a relatively rare event.

"During the past 30 years, only 25 earthquakes have occurred within 100 kilometres of this location," he wrote in a tweet.

Cassidy noted that the largest known earthquake in the area was a magnitude-5.4 tremor in 1986.

While this one was not close to magnitude-5.4, it was felt throughout the city and sent people scrambling to social media to see if others did as well.


(UPDATE: Sept. 21 @ 4 pm) - Earthquakes Canada has confirmed seismic activity in Prince George.

The agency said it was a magnitude-3.4 earthquake that rattled BC's Northern Capital at 3:07 pm.

More details to come.


(Original story: Sept. 21 @ 3:30 pm) - There are unconfirmed reports of an earthquake shaking Prince George just moments ago.

Early details show that a magnitude-4.1 earthquake rattled BC’s Northern Capital at 3:07 pm.

However, it usually takes a little time to get official confirmation from Earthquakes Canada or the United States Geological Survey.

“Earthquake in Prince George,” said one Twitter user. “So rare to get those here that I did not even know what was happening. What is going on?”

“Pretty sure we just had an earthquake,” said another.


Dr. Dezene Huber, a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, also took to Twitter to say that he felt shaking on campus.

NowMedia will update this story as more information becomes available.



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