Shaking reported following a M3.9 earthquake strikes near Banff

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Shaking reported following a M3.9 earthquake strikes near Banff
Shaking reported following a M3.9 earthquake strikes near Banff

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A small earthquake struck near Banff, Alta., on Saturday night, with some shaking noted by residents but no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The tremor was detected a little after 6:30 p.m. MST around 6 km away from Banff, according to Natural Resources Canada, which revised the quake's magnitude to 3.9 after the United States Geological Survey (USGS) initially rated it with a 4.4 magnitude.

Though relatively weak on the scale, it struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17.3 km, with a possible plus or minus seven kilometres, according to the USGS website.

AlbertaQuake
AlbertaQuake

As such, the tremor was felt by people in and around the epicentre, with reports on Twitter of a rumble, followed by a "boom" sound. Canmore Fire and Rescue said in a tweet it had been heard and felt in Canmore, Banff and Deadman’s Flats.

Quakes of that strength can be felt by residents, but rarely cause damage, and no serious damage was reported.

Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the situation.