4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Oliver


OLIVER (NEWS 1130) – A 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the BC interior this morning, especially the town of Oliver.

Luckily, no damage is expected, and no larger quakes are thought to be imminent.

People in Oliver reported sustained shaking for up to 25 seconds starting at 9:16 a.m. Rumbling was also felt in nearby Penticton, Kelowna, and Washington State.

“Most people describe an earthquake that is this mild as being like a heavy truck going down the street or a train going by, so a bit of a rumbling,” says Earthquake Seismologist Alison Bird.

Bird says earthquakes like this one happen every one or two years, and they usually don’t result in damages. However, she says it’s a good reminder that we live in an earthquake-prone area.

“I really encourage people to be prepared, have a plan, have a kit, and to participate in the ShakeOut BC drill next month.”

ShakeOut is planned for October 20th at 10:20 a.m. Organizers are hoping to have 1 million people take part province-wide.

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