YORKTON, SK – Folks in southeast Saskatchewan may have felt something unusual early this morning, though it may not have been strong enough to wake them up.
Earthquakes Canada says a magnitude 3.8 quake was felt just after 4:30 a.m., with the epicentre roughly 30 kilometres from Yorkton.
There are no reports of injuries or damage, probably because it wasn’t strong enough to cause any.
“Generally speaking, an earthquake will not be able to cause any serious damage when the magnitude is smaller than a five,” explains Honn Kao with Earthquakes Canada. “If it’s above five, then it’s likely that some of the less well-designed buildings may see some damage. If it’s above 6.5 then we will see significant damage. Above seven, not only damage but also injuries will happen.”
Kao says the most vulnerable places in Canada for earthquakes are offshore along the west coast, though this area in Saskatchewan has felt 11 earthquakes similar in size to this one since 1981.
“The light may swing back and forth a little bit, but that’s pretty much the kind of shaking you should expect. It’s like a jog. It’s not going to last long because a 3.8 earthquake will only last a couple seconds.”
Photo courtesy Earthquakes Canada