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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake detected near Fox Creek, Alta.

Image: USGS

Image: USGS


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12:47 PM - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was detected Saturday near the town of Fox Creek, Alta.

Natural Resources Canada says the quake struck at 5:57 p.m. MT around 36 km east of the community of 2,000. The United States Geological Survey recorded it as Magnitude 4.0.

There are no current reports of damage. Earthquakes of that magnitude may be strong enough to be felt by humans, but aren't typically capable of harming infrastructure.

This is actually the second tremor of that strength near the town in 2015, coming months after a Magnitude 4.4 quake was detected on January 22.

That quake may have been linked to hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as "fracking", by the Alberta Energy Regulator. The AER told the CBC in January that there was evidence the quake, and others, was caused by fracking, but added it was "impossible to definitively state that it was not a naturally occurring event."

In February, the regulator announced new monitoring and reporting requirements for companies carrying our fracking in the Fox Creek area.

As for Saturday's quake, the regular says it is investigating.

"As part of the process the AER will work with local staff to inform the investigation," spokesman Riley Bender told The Weather Network. "The AER has seismologists on staff to help us fully understand seismicity that has the potential to occur as a result of hydraulic fracturing operations."

SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada | USGS | CBC News | Alberta Energy Regulator

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