A moderately powerful magnitude 4.2 earthquake was felt in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley earlier this morning.
According to the US Geological Survey, the seismic event at 8:16 am PST had an epicentre at the southern end of the valley near Osoyoos and the US/Canada border – about 21 kilometres east of Oliver, 42 kilometres southeast of Penticton, and 80 kilometres southeast of West Kelowna.
It had a relatively shallow depth of just five kilometres, but no damage or injuries are expected given the magnitude of the event.
This was the Okanagan Valley’s most powerful earthquake in recent memory. Some people in the area took to Twitter to post about their experience:
Earthquake in the south Okanagan happened at 9:15am. WOW what a shake! pic.twitter.com/7tEHkgKQ6w
— URLittleDarling (@URLittleDarling) September 10, 2016
Earthquake in okanagan falls
— Dave Olafson (@DaveOlafson) September 10, 2016
when there's an earthquake in osoyoos…
— moonbeam (@Emmanneroberts) September 10, 2016
I believe there was just an earthquake in Osoyoos or a train just drove down the hallway on the upper level. Major shaking
— Tim Propp (@trimbo67) September 10, 2016
— Mark Dailey (@markjrdailey) September 10, 2016
— Eventful Innovations (@eventfulnshore) September 10, 2016
Think I just survived my first (minor) earthquake in Osoyoos.
— Danelle W (@danellew) September 10, 2016