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Earthquake knocks out power in Saskatchewan communities


August 16, 2019   by The Canadian Press


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ESTERHAZY, Sask. – A small earthquake shook parts of southeastern Saskatchewan Thursday night, knocking out power and rattling homes in the region.

The United States Geological Survey confirms the 4.1-magnitude quake happened 17 kilometres east of Esterhazy around 8:30 p.m.

SaskPower says electricity was knocked out in seven communities, including Esterhazy, Whitewood, Moosomin and Rockanville, although the Crown utility didn’t immediately know if the outage was related to the earthquake.

Power was restored around 11:30 p.m.

Grant Moore, who owns an acreage southeast of Esterhazy, says the shaking lasted between three and five seconds.

He says no one in his family was hurt, but they will spend today looking for any damage to their home

“It shook the chairs and the couch in here and the chimes in the door were shaking and rattling,” said Moore.

“The kids were scared and my mother’s rocking chair started rocking.”

Moore said he can recall a similar earthquake in the area two years ago. (CJME, CTV Regina)