Small earthquake shakes North Okanagan

Quake centred 14 kilometres east of Vernon; shakes homes and buildings from Vernon to Lumby...

An earthquake 14 kilometres east of Vernon was felt in Lumby



A small earthquake shook the North Okanagan just after noon Thursday.

The quake recorded was a 2.9 magnitude, according to the Geological Survey of Canada.

“It was centred 14 kilometres east of Vernon,” said earthquake seismologist Alison Bird.

“It’s pretty routine to have smaller-sized earthquakes in that area.”

Lordco Auto Parts Lumby employee Mike Mitton was one of about six people in the store on Industrial Avenue at around 12:05 p.m.

“All of sudden there was a large boom, it shook everything,” said Mitton.

“We thought somebody had driven into the back corner of the building. We went out to take a look but there was nothing there.”

Lorna Wood was enjoying a cup of coffee in her BX home near Dixon Dam Road when her pomeranian, Honey, began acting strange.

“Honey was going crazy, barking and wouldn’t stop, she was running around the kitchen,” said Wood. “I thought something was wrong with her. Then, the ground rumbled, it kind of went from the left of the house to the right of the house.

“My coffee cup was rattling on the counter.”

Posts on social media suggest residents also felt the earthquake on Middleton Mountain, near the Vernon Airport and in Lavington.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Deeply sorry’: Former West Kelowna teacher offers emotional apology to student he sexually exploited

Judge will make decision on Bradley Furman’s sentencing in the coming weeks

South Okanagan rescue hopes to find injured hawk’s owner

The South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls found the rare Harris hawk on Thursday

Big White warns skiers to avoid tree wells after two fatalities at other resorts

Tree wells form when low branches at the base of coniferous trees stop snow from settling at the trunk

Proposed sentence for West Kelowna teacher who exploited student more fitting of manslaughter: Lawyer

The Crown is suggesting a sentence of 30 months for sexual exploitation, 71 months total

Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Health upgrades in South Okanagan and Similkameen forecast to cost nearly $10 million

Capital projects include CT scanner, medical vacuum system, ultrasounds and more

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Most Read