Earthquake lightly felt in Penticton and OK Falls

Earthquakes Canada reports a 1.8 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:41 a.m. on Oct. 13, nine kilometres southwest of Penticton

Earthquakes Canada reported a small earthquake centred southwest of Penticton in the early hours of Oct. 13.

The latest earthquake in Penticton was likely too small to be felt by most people, nor was it likely to shake anyone out of bed when it hit early this morning.

According to Earthquakes Canada, a 1.8 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:41 a.m. on Oct. 13, nine kilometres southwest of Penticton.  They report the quake was lightly felt in Okanagan Falls and Penticton, and no damage has been reported.

But the small quake serves as a timely reminder for the Great B.C. Shakeout, coming up on Oct. 20. At 10:20 a.m., B.C. residents will be joining millions of people in countries around the globe in practicing how to drop, cover, and hold on.

B.C. is located in a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year in and adjacent to the province. Not all are as small as the minor quake this morning. Last month, a magnitude 4.2 quake sent shivers through the South Okanagan, and from 1985 through 2015, there have been 300 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or higher felt in Canada.

The threat of a major earthquake in the province is real and all residents should be prepared, according to Shakeout organizers. They encourage everyone to join in and practice three simple steps on Oct. 20.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds).

While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after?

Finally, you can practice what you will do after the shaking stops.

More information on how to participate and register for the Great B.C. Shakeout is available online at shakeoutbc.ca.

 

Just Posted

Penticton’s Dream Café hosting the Kliffs unique music blend

The Canadian, Berlin-based duo of Mark Bérubé and Kristina Koropecki, AKAthe Kliffs,… Continue reading

40th Annual Share-a-Smile Telethon this weekend

The OSNS’s annual fundraiser returns to Cherry Lane Nov. 17 from noon until 5 p.m.

Penticton’s OSNS benefits from $10,000 RBC grant

The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre will use the money for tech upgrades

Penticton Vees lose a squeaker in Salmon Arm

The Penticton Vees got off to a rousing start but in the end fell 4-3 to Salmon Arm

Penticton woman sends fight to reduce preventable medical errors to Victoria

Teri McGrath and senior’s centre members presented 150-plus signature petition to local MLA

VIDEO: Kelowna brew pub opens new tasting room

Dan Taylor takes a tour of BNA’s renovated tasting room

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Malakwa woman still in the running for winning American baking show

Janet Letendre is the only Canadian competing on the Holiday Baking Championship

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

New Okanagan resident building skills and community

The Respect Works Here November Multicultural Community Champion

Business savy volunteers sought in North Okanagan

Community Futures looking for members to join advisory panel, board and loans committee

SilverStar to open Nordic trails Saturday in North Okanagan

25 km of groomed trails are ready to explore by cross-country skiers

Most Read