YARMOUTH – Yarmouth didn’t get fireworks for Canada Day. But it did get an earthquake.
Well, actually Digby got the earthquake, but Yarmouth felt it too.
A 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck offshore off Brier Island on Digby Neck at 3:32 p.m. on July 1. It started out as a vibrating rumbling felt throughout the region and then culminated into a violent jolt that shook homes and buildings.
On June 20, a 2.69 magnitude earthquake occurred in Digby County, closer to Kejimkujik National Park. Most people didn't even know one had occurred.
So are earthquakes common in Nova Scotia? Do they happen but we just don’t know?
Allison Bent, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, a branch of Natural Resources Canada, says compared to its neighbour, Nova Scotia doesn’t have as many earthquakes as New Brunswick.
But, she said, earthquakes this small can happen almost anywhere and given that Nova Scotia is part of the same geological system as New Brunswick, it would make sense that the July earthquake was more towards the New Brunswick side of Nova Scotia.
“They’re not common, but they’re not so rare that we’re totally surprised by it,” she said about earthquakes in this region. “Up to about magnitude 4 can happen almost anywhere. Bigger than that, while they can surprise us, they tend to happen in known areas of higher level of activity.”
When you hear about large earthquakes, you also hear about aftershocks. Asked whether this would happen with an earthquake this size, Bent said,…