New Brunswick

2.8 magnitude earthquake hits Saint John area

Natural Resources Canada has confirmed a small earthquake rattled the Saint John area Wednesday night.

Tremors also recorded in McAdam

The location of a 2.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Saint John region Wednesday night. (Natural Resources Canada)

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Saint John area Wednesday night, according to Natural Resources Canada.

The epicentre of the quake was located about 17 kilometres northwest of Saint John and took place at 7:19 p.m. Atlantic time.

CBC News has received reports of loud booming noises being heard in Grand Bay-Westfield.

Michal Kolaj, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, said the quake was large enough that some people would have heard or felt it, but not big enough to do any harm.

"It's certainly not large enough that [we'd] expect there to be damage," said Kolaj.

Kolaj said activity that appeared on the Natural Resources seismogram in the McAdam area was likely just local noise or related to the Saint John-area tremor.

The mayor of McAdam, Kenneth Stannix, said he heard no reports of residents feeling the tremors.


  • An earlier version of this story said incorrectly that Natural Resources seismograms indicated at least four tremors in the McAdam area. Michal Kolaj said that what appeared on the seismogram was not tremor activity. It was likely local noise or was related to the earthquake in the Saint John area.
    Mar 15, 2018 1:22 PM AT