4.6 magnitude earthquake hits central Alberta near Red Deer

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit central Alberta near Sylvan Lake and Red Deer just before 6 a.m. on Monday, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC).

NRC shared details on the quake on its website, saying the quake’s epicentre was just south of Red Deer and had a depth of 1 kilometre.

Speaking to Global News, earthquake seismologist Taimi Mulder from the Geological Survey of Canada / NRC said the quake was in no way connected to a quake in Salmon Arm, B.C., on Saturday.

“There’s not often earthquakes in Alberta,” she said, adding it “may be due to tectonic activity just east of the Rockies.”

“Earthquakes occur every couple in the foothills of the Rockies. This one is slightly larger than normal.”

Mulder said they aren’t expecting any aftershocks, and don’t expect the quake to have caused any structural damage to area buildings.

“We’ll take a closer look at this earthquake event over the next couple days and weeks and see if it can tell us anything else.”

The Fortis Alberta website showed there were unplanned power outages in the Sylvan Lake area shortly after 6 a.m., and the power company told Global News it was looking into the cause.

Residents living in central Alberta took to social media on Monday to share stories of power outages and houses shaking after concerns over a potential earthquake.

A spokesperson with Altalink told Global News power was restored to the Sylvan Lake area at 7:30 a.m.

It’s not the first time Alberta has been rocked by seismic activity; in 2018, two seismic events were detected near Alberta Beach, and in 2014 a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Rocky Mountain House in August, followed by another small earthquake in Banff in October.

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