Small earthquake rattles Salmon Arm

There was no reported damage during an earthquake in Salmon Arm on Saturday night, but it still shook up residents. Jules Knox reports.

A mysterious bang Saturday night rattled some residents of Salmon Arm in the province’s interior.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. homes shook from Sicamous to Tappen and had residents texting frantically on social media speculating about everything from an explosion to a meteor strike to some other, more ‘fantastic’ theories.

A report from Earthquakes Canada received by Global News at 11:23 p.m. PST confirmed that a magnitude 2.2 earthquake at an estimated depth of 1 km had struck 4 km NE of Salmon Arm.

There are no reports of damage, and none are expected.

Taimi Mulder, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, says earthquakes are rare in the B.C. interior, but they do happen occasionally, and when they do, they are of a similar magnitude.

Mulder says aftershocks are unlikely with such a small magnitude quake, but adds that “Mother Nature often has her own plans”.

She adds it’s a good reminder for anyone is an earthquake zone to practice “duck, cover and hold on”, adding the biggest danger to one’s physical safety is from falling household objects.

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