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Minor Salmon Arm weekend quake generates lots of concern, no injuries or damage

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March 04, 2019 - 4:01 PM

SALMON ARM - A minor earthquake in Salmon Arm over the weekend caused plenty of concern, but resulted in no loss of life or property damage.

The Shuswap Emergency Program said in a media release the 2.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, March 2, which registered at 2.2 on the Richter scale, is on the low end of the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was located four kilometres northeast of downtown Salmon Arm and had a depth of one kilometre.

Several residents called in to report a loud bang and feeling structures shake. Luckily, no property damage or injuries were reported. The press release stated an earthquake has to achieve at least 5.5 on the Richter scale before it can cause property damage.

The location and magnitude of the earthquake was not confirmed for several days because the nearest seismic monitoring stations in Pemberton/Lillooet and Penticton are both closed. The low-threat nature of the quake also did not trigger an immediate notification of on-call seismologists with Natural Resources Canada.

According to the press release, the Shuswap area has not experienced a magnitude one or two earthquake since 2017.

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