Did you feel that?

Epi­cen­tre of 2.9 earthquake was 41 km NW of Yar­mouth

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - CARLA ALLEN

A small earthquake hap­pened off Yar­mouth last week.

A small earthquake, 41 kilo­me­tres north­west of Yar­mouth, oc­curred just be­fore 7 a.m. Fri­day.

Some res­i­dents in the Clare re­gion heard rum­bling and no­ticed their power flick­er­ing.

Patsy Beck lives in Saulnierville Station. The sound awak­ened her.

“I woke up star­tled as it sounded like my hus­band or some­one was in the house and mak­ing noise like walk­ing loudly or shut­ting the cup­boards loudly or drop­ping things,” she said.

She no­ticed her power go­ing off and on and no one was in the house but she and her dog. She then turned to so­cial me­dia, won­der­ing if an ac­ci­dent had oc­curred down the road.

Charelle Thibault in Saulnierville also heard a rum­bling

“I knew I heard some­thing odd. I was study­ing and I heard this long rum­bling noise. I ac­tu­ally looked out my win­dow and said to my­self, ‘ What the hell was that?’”

Allison Bent, a seis­mol­o­gist at Nat­u­ral Re­sources Earth­quakes Canada, says the earthquake was recorded at 2.9 mag­ni­tude WNW of Yar­mouth, but she’s doubt­ful it was the rea­son be­hind flick­er­ing power.

“It seems funny for some­thing that small and the fact that it is 40 km away to have that ef­fect. It could be co­in­ci­den­tal,” she said.

The earthquake was big enough that peo­ple might have felt it, she added.

“They shouldn’t have felt it very strongly but they might have no­ticed it.”

When asked how big an earthquake had to be be­fore there was a dan­ger of a tsunami de­vel­op­ing, she replied that it has to be a mag­ni­tude of 7 or larger.

“It re­ally has to be a large earthquake. There could be ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances if some­thing trig­gered an un­der­wa­ter land­slide but those are usu­ally local and even then a mag­ni­tude of 4 or 5 would be very un­usual. The rule of thumb is mag­ni­tude 7,” she said.


A small earthquake oc­curred 41 km NWN of Yar­mouth just be­fore 7 a.m. on Aug. 25. Some peo­ple in the Clare re­gion no­ticed a rum­bling.

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