Computer glitch suspected as false earthquake report sent out for Kitimat area
Published Tuesday, September 7, 2021 8:47AM PDT Last Updated Tuesday, September 7, 2021 9:00AM PDT
Map issued Sep 6, 2021 due to computer glitch, erroneously showing earthquake activity
KITIMAT B.C. -- Did you feel the ground shake yesterday?
No one else did either -- despite an alert sent out by the U.S. Geological Survey that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off southeast of Kitimat Labour Day afternoon.
Alison Bird of Natural Resources Canada says a computer glitch led to the erroneous report.
She says there was no earthquake in the Kitimat area yesterday afternoon.
Bird says the automated system isn't perfect at processing data.
She says it's possible that two small quakes at different locations were detected as one event.
Posts about the false alarm on the American agency's website have been deleted.