The big shake
Earthquake rumbles Nova Scotia communities on Canada Day
Canada Day got a little shaky in southwestern Nova Scotia this year after a small earthquake occurred off of Digby.
According to Natural Resources Canada, there was a magnitude 3.6 quake off of Digby Neck at 3:32 p.m. on Wednesday.
The earthquake was felt throughout southwest Nova Scotia, including in the Yarmouth area.
In the Yarmouth Vanguard newspaper building in downtown Yarmouth, for instance, there was a loud rumbling sound that went on for several seconds. It was accompanied by what felt like vibrations at the same time. The rumbling got increasingly louder until what felt like a loud impact. At that instant the building shook and, it almost felt, it moved.
Allison Bent, a seismologist with Earthquake Canada/Natural Resources Canada said this is the typical type of description for an earthquake this size.
“People will often say it sounded like a heavy truck or a train impacted something, or something hit the building. That’s sounds about right for something that size,” she said.
Bent said the epicentre was 60 kilometres, southwest of Digby, which would just put it slightly off shore.
“It’s big enough that it would be felt not at really large distances, but probably over a bit of an area, not just one location, but there shouldn’t have been any damage or anything like that.”
While there may not have been much damage, people immediately felt it and wondered what it was they had just experienced. Immediately people started commenting on social media, asking if the area had just experienced an earthquake.
It might seem like a rare question, except that a magnitude 2.9 earthquake was felt around Digby on June 20. That one happened around 38 kilometres southeast of Digby at 11:40 a.m. It hit a remote section of Kejimkujik National Park. Most people weren’t even aware it had happened.
That wasn’t the case with the July 1 quake, however.
On the Vanguard’s Facebook page people described what it felt and sounded like. Many people thought, at first, that it was thunder. Then they weren’t quite sure.
“The items started to rattle and vibrate…then a high pitch vibra- tion I could hear. It was weird. Was not a rumble of thunder, as the dog never barks at thunder. But her ears went up high and she barked,” said Sharon Fitzgerald-Doucette describing things in Arcadia, just outside of the town of Yarmouth.
In Yarmouth County people reported experiencing something in numerous communities, including Dayton, Port Mailtand, South Ohio, Sluice Point, Wedge- port, Kempt, Abrams River, Rockville, Sandford and on and on came the reports.
In the Clare area, people in places like Meteghan, Doucetteville, St. Alphonse and Saint Joseph people reported that their houses shook.
“We felt it here in Weymouth area too, shook the house, dogs went crazy, barking.” Said Claudette Wright on the Vanguard’s Facebook page.
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake off of Digby neck on Wednesday shook up Yarmouth and Digby residents.