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2.7 quake felt in valley

Some Bow Valley residents felt a minor tremor when a 2.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in Banff, Thursday (Oct. 16). According to Natural Resources Canada, the event occurred at 5:42 p.m. and was lightly felt.

Some Bow Valley residents felt a minor tremor when a 2.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in Banff, Thursday (Oct. 16).

According to Natural Resources Canada, the event occurred at 5:42 p.m. and was lightly felt. Also according to Natural Resources, quakes below 3.5 typically are not felt, but are strong enough to be recorded on a seismograph.

Mayor Karen Sorensen said she was at home at the time and felt the quake.

“I think many Banffites did,” she said. “I was at home and at first it sounded like a big truck outside, but then I did feel it under the house and through my feet.

“Earthquake didn’t even occur to me, although I’ve now been told that this is not the first time it’s happened. Usually, though, they’re under a two and aren’t felt. It was an interesting experience.”

Sgt. Stan Andronyk said the RCMP detachment received no emergency calls from residents after the event.


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