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Small earthquake rattles Salmon Arm

Earthquake near 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.

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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.