BOW VALLEY – A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Bow Valley on Saturday (Feb. 13) evening.
Around 6:30 p.m., buildings and homes started rumbling and the sound of a loud "boom" was reported.
According to USGS, a website for real-time earthquake information, the earthquake hit five kilometres north of the mountain resort town of Banff.
While early reports pegged the quake at a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale, Natural Resources Canada later confirmed it was a 3.9 magnitude seismic event.
Canmore Fire Chief, Walter Gahler, confirmed on Twitter.
Natural Resources confirms a 4.4 earthquake. No reports of damage in the Town of Canmore. Crews back in quarters on standby.— Walter Gahler (@CanmoreFrChief) February 14, 2021
The Town of Banff tweeted about the seismic event.
"Magnitude 4.4 earthquake in the #Banff region at 6:33 p.m. lasted a few seconds. No reports of damage locally."
Magnitude 4.4 earthquake in the #Banff region at 6:33 pm lasted a few seconds. No reports of damage locally.— Banff Town (@Banff_Town) February 14, 2021
In October 2014, Banff was hit by a 2.7 magnitude earthquake.
The Outlook will update this story as more information becomes available.