Potential record-setting, 5.8-magnitude earthquake reported in northern Alberta

Potential record-setting, 5.8-magnitude earthquake reported in northern Alberta
Potential record-setting, 5.8-magnitude earthquake reported in northern Alberta

Earthquakes Canada reported a series of significant earthquakes in northern Alberta Tuesday. One could potentially be the largest ever recorded in the province.

According to Earthquakes Canada, there was one 5.8-magnitude quake and two 5.2-magnitude tremors, as well as a 5.0-magnitude aftershock two hours after the strongest event.

The first was a 5.2-magnitude earthquake that was reported at 4:45 pm MST, about 29 km from Reno, Alta.

Location of earthquake
Location of earthquake

A little over an hour later, a second and larger quake was reported at 5:55 pm MST. This tremor could potentially be the largest earthquake ever recorded in the province, registering a magnitude of 5.8. Two hours later, an aftershock with a 5.0 magnitude was recorded 17 km east of Reno, Alta.

The strongest earthquake previously recorded in Alberta was a magnitude 5.4, which hit April 11, 2001.

Record setting earthquake
Record setting earthquake

"We have received no reports of damage at this time," states Earthquakes Canada. The quakes were strongly felt close to Reno, and lightly felt in eastern British Columbia and western Alberta.

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