Newfoundland and Labrador experiences unusual 4.4 magnitude earthquake

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HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador was hit with a 4.4 magnitude earthquake Sunday morning.

A seismologist with Natural Resources Canada says the magnitude isn't large enough to cause destruction, but it is significantly more than most earthquakes in the region.

He says the earthquake hit around 8:13 a.m. local time along the Quebec-Labrador border, just south of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Those in the immediate vicinity felt very strong shaking.

Miners in Labrador City said the earthquake felt like a regular mine blast.

Natural Resources Canada says the last time an earthquake of this size hit the province was 50 years ago.

Organizations: Natural Resources Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec-Labrador, Happy Valley Goose Bay

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  • Jack
    July 08, 2012 - 14:54

    With Labrador experiencing a recent string of strange disasters including heatwaves, forest fires, and now an earthquake occuring in an area that is not suppose to happen as Labrador is not along a major plate boundary, I'm starting to wonder what is going wrong with the Labrador Peninsula area as of late? In addition, since there are no fracking or seismic activities in Labrador, they should not be getting earthquakes at all. Hope mother nature will not punish Labrador any further. Besides, according to the laws of Plate Tectonics, earthquakes are suppose to happen along plate boundaries, and Labrador is not along it. Mother nature, no more punishing Labrador, leave them alone.