Earthquake!

Today is the 12th anniversary of the earthquake that shook the Peace Country from its epicentre 40 kilometres north of Dawson Creek.

April 17th, 2001 was Good Friday, and the last thing anyone was planning for the evening was an earthquake that measured between 5.3 and 5.9 on the Richter Scale.  Starting at 8:21 p.m., the earth shook for nearly 20 seconds.

Luckily this quake, the biggest ever in Alberta, originated very deep underground.  A granary split open and spilled its contents in the Baytree/Bonanza area, some dishes rattled in their cupboards, but most people, including those in Spirit River, experienced the ground rumble without having to clean up any damage.

Did you feel the earthquake?  Tell us what it was like: email townspirit@hotmail.com or leave a comment.  Your input is always welcome 🙂

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2 Responses to Earthquake!

  1. I think my sister felt that quake. I don’t live there anymore but I know it was a bit scary for her.

  2. Cee Bee says:

    I remember that it rolled in from the west, gradually getting stronger. I could feel it pass under the house like a wave. Quite exciting to feel a quake that does no damage.

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