Two quakes, no problems

  • Sep. 23, 2013 2:00 p.m.

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck 63 kilometers of Sandspit on Tuesday, Sept. 17 around 9:45 p.m. Tlell resident Janet Rigg says she felt felt the shaking but was not alarmed by it. “I was sitting in my living room chair and I started feeling it move, it was quite pronounced, it was a fast small shake, but strong enough that I looked over the side to see if my dog was scratching,” she said. The shaking lasted around 10 or 20 seconds, she said, and she’s not sure if her neighbours felt it. It seems to that the people who are on sand feel the earthquakes more, she said. “We feel every one here because we’re up on a dune, built entirely on sand, it seems like any shake, we will feel it.” Some of Ms Rigg’s coworkers at the Health Centre In Skidegate felt the quake also, “if they’re on rock they don’t feel anything, but if they’re on dirt or sand they feel it.” She was surprised by how calm she was about the event. “I didn’t have the reaction I had been having previously to most of the shakes,” she said, “because it’s been awhile since there’s been anything that I felt. Previous to that I would get that little spike of anxiety that it was happening and be able to relax myself, and that time I didn’t feel scared, I was more curious about it.” People really shouldn’t be having a very serious reaction to shakes like those anyway, she said. “I know some people still have that reaction, with my background in mental health (Ms Rigg is a councillor by profession.)… I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t feel fear, but if you are being triggered by a shake like that you might want to check in with someone, give your friendly mental health worker a call.” There was another quake on Saturday (Sept. 21) just before 11 am off southern Moresby Island. It was magnitude 4.2 and we have no reports of its being felt. “There are no reports of damage and none would be expected,” according to the NAtural Resources Canada website.

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