Earthquakes hit northern Alberta Tuesday night

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit northern Alberta on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center said.

The earthquake, which struck east of Peace River, Alberta. – which is 357 kilometers northwest of Edmonton – was at a depth of two kilometers, the EMSC said.

The EMSC revised the magnitude after first reporting the quake to be magnitude 5.9.

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According to Earthquakes Canada and the United States Geological Survey, the quake happened around 4:45 p.m. local time.

Earthquakes Canada reported it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake four kilometers deep. The USGS measured a shock of magnitude 4.9 and another of 4.6 five minutes later, both nearly 10 kilometers deep.

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Social media users said they felt the earth move.

“Did anyone else around Peace River feel the earthquake 10 minutes ago? And replied 5 minutes ago? a user who has identified himself as Marc Tardif tweeted.

“Yes, we were pretty shaken up,” replied Marc Lavoie.

Username _ChirpsAhoy said he felt it in Grande Prairie, Alberta, nearly 200 kilometers away.

« Did I…did I get an earthquake just north of Grande Prairie? » I felt like someone was gently shaking my house for 2 seconds,” Donovan Eckstrom posted.

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According to Earthquakes Canada, this is the fourth earthquake with a magnitude greater than four to hit the region in the past week. On Wednesday, two earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 and 4.1 and another of magnitude 4.1 struck on Thursday.

Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was reported near previous ones by Reno, Alta., just east of Peace River.

Just after, various people reported feeling similar effects in Edmonton.

–with files from Reuters

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