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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Val d’Or experienced a 3.9-magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon

Western Quebec experienced a 3.9-magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon, but no damage was expected.

According to Earthquakes Canada, the quake occurred at 3:19 p.m. about 18 kilometres below the ground about 128 km southeast of Val d’Or.

Montreal is one of Quebec’s three “highest earthquake risk zones,” along with the Laurentians and the Témiscamingue region.

A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck Repentigny on Sept. 24 at 7:59 p.m. and was recorded as being three kilometres from the Montreal suburb. The depth was 10 kilometres, according to Earthquakes Canada. There was no reported damage.

Earthquakes Canada says the largest earthquake recorded in Quebec was a 5.8-magnitude one that struck in 1732.

The largest earthquake in Canada happened in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, off British Columbia, on Jan. 26, 1700, and estimated at magnitude 9.

The federal agency owns and operates the Canadian National Seismograph Network and tracks the quakes from its data centres in Ottawa and Sidney, B.C.

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