Earthquake shakes BC’s Okanagan, tremors felt in Penticton, Rock Creek and Kelowna

A small-scale earthquake hit the northern Washington state tearing the ground through B.C.’s Okanagan valley at 5a.m. Friday. Initially, the US Geological Survey rated the quake as a magnitude 4.3, but later raised it to a magnitude 4.6.

According to Natural Resources Canada, tremors were also felt in Penticton, Rock Creek and Kelowna. But so far, no injuries or damages have been reported.

The epicenter of the earthquake is said to be 9 km from Riverside, Washington which is almost 80 km from the Canada-U.S. border. The quake was at a depth of nearly 5 km.

Jessica Turner, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado said: “On our website people have reported it being felt in the Washington area and also up in the Canadian side. There have been reports in the cities of Penticton and Kelowna they have felt this earthquake that occurred today.”

The last noteworthy earthquake in the area was a 4.4 in 2005, but a 6.4-magnitude earthquake 300 km from the west coast of Vancouver Island in September was reported by the people of Kelowna.

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