Earthquake hits town of Banff, Alberta

No damage or injuries have been reported in the area of the Canadian Rockies

On Saturday evening at 6:33 p.m., a 3.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the sleepy Canadian Rockies town of Banff, Alberta. According to reports on social media, the tremor was felt as far away as Canmore, about 20 minutes to the southeast. 


Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen told the CBC that she was home watching a movie when the earthquake took place and she could feel the shake followed by "a loud boom."

"And then the entire house shook … certainly the entire town felt it, my phones were lighting up," she is quoted as saying.

No damage has been reported in the area, and everything is open as per usual, with all existing COVID-19 protocols in place, including at the three local ski resorts in the area. 

According to reports, there are few earthquakes in the area, and they are usually small tremors if they happen at all. But there was a large 6.0 magnitude tremor reported more than a century ago in 1918. 


Lead photo: Travel Alberta / Célestine Aerden


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