At least two earthquakes rumbled in northern Alberta on Tuesday, according to a federal agency that tracks seismic activity.
According to Earthquakes Canada, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit at around 4:45 p.m. local time about 29 kilometres northeast of Reno, Alta. Then at 5:55 p.m. local time, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was detected 26 kilometres northeast of Reno.
As of 8 p.m., Earthquakes Canada had not reported any reports of injuries or damage in connection with the tremors.
The agency said the first quake was at a depth of four kilometres while the second was at a depth of two kilometres. It said the first quake was “lightly felt in the surrounding area” while the second was “strongly felt close to Reno” and “lightly felt in eastern British Columbia and western Alberta.”
“There have been a number of felt aftershocks in the same area,” Earthquakes Canada said on its website.
On its Twitter account, Earthquakes Canada posted about seismic events being detected in the Grande Cache area at 5:56 p.m. local time (4.6 magnitude) and in the Grande Prairie area at 7:55 p.m. local time (4.3 magnitude).
A woman who lives in a mobile home about 145 kilometres north of Reno in Notikewin told Global News she felt the initial earthquake just after 4:43 p.m.
“All of a sudden… (our home) started shaking,” Sheila Lariviere recalled. “My husband looked at me and said, ‘Do you have something in the washer?'”
She said the rumbling was strongest at the beginning but continued for about 45 seconds.
“It felt like it was going to stop and then there was a little bit of a weaker shake after,” Lariviere said. “And then just around 6 p.m… we felt another tremor here. It lasted for at least 45 seconds — quite strong.
“Our china cabinet was shaking and the dishes and stuff in it were shaking. It was quite a bit stronger than the first one.”
She said she had felt an earthquake years ago and was certain the shaking was another one since there was nothing else in the area that she could think of that would cause such shaking.
Lariviere said she knew there could be an aftershock after the initial quake but was left wondering how many aftershocks there would be given how strong the one she felt was.
According to Earthquakes Canada, it’s the fourth earthquake with a magnitude of greater than four to hit the area in the past week. Wednesday had two quakes at magnitude 4.5 and 4.1 and another 4.1 magnitude quake hit on Thursday.
A number of Twitter users posted about the tremors on Tuesday. You can view some of the tweets below.