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A Small Canadian Town is Being Rocked By Mystery Earthquakes

And this isn’t even the first time.
Mack Lamoureux
Toronto, CA

In the past month, a small town in New Brunswick has been rocked by a bunch earthquakes and no one really knows why.

Over the last 30 days, 22 earthquakes were recorded in the Maritime province—most of them are occuring in the small community of McAdam which has a population of about 1,200 and is near the province’s border with Maine. A seismologist at Natural Resources Canada told the CBC that the largest quake recorded was at a 2.5 magnitude and the most recent one was April 3rd. The mayor of the small village that is being hit the hardest said the quakes aren’t really something you can sleep through.


"It's like a very loud bang and it wakes you up in the middle of the night," Ken Stannix, mayor of McAdam, told the CBC. "It just sounds like you had a water heater in the basement explode. It's quite a little jolt."

The seismologist told the CBC that there is no real reason for why they’re occuring.

"This area seems to have swarms of events that occur," Stephen Halchuk said. "They turn on and turn off, and can be quiet for a few years."

This isn’t the first time that the village has shaken for unknown reasons. In 2016, the town was rocked with more severe earthquakes at a higher frequency (more than 100). Then, as now, there was no explanation given for the quakes.

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That doesn’t really bother the New Brunswickers who—as we have previously reported—are a hearty bunch. In fact, as the Globe and Mail reports, while the first time around the residents were nervous-as-all-hell given the fact their homes were shaking, this time they’re a tad more blasé.

“This time around people have not been so nervous, I suppose for two reasons—the number, although there have been quite a few in the last 30 days, it wasn’t like the 90-odd quakes that we had in 2016, and the severity hasn’t been there either,” said Stannix.

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