Minor earthquake felt in Chilliwack

Chilliwack was rattled by a minor earthquake early Sunday morning.

Chilliwack was rattled by a minor earthquake early Sunday morning.

The quake measured 3.3 on the richter scale, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.  Initial reports had said the quake was 2.9, but that was later upgraded after a review by seismologists.

It was centred near the U.S. border, just southwest of Lindell Beach.

It struck at 12:45 a.m. and could be felt in Abbotsford, Maple Falls, Washington and even Langley.

People living in Chilliwack also felt the brief tremor, emanating from a depth estimated at 10.4 km.

Witnesses said the tremor felt like something had hit the house, or that a large truck had rumbled past.

“I was sound asleep and awoke to a loud bang that shook my townhouse,” wrote Sylvia Jansen. “I thought something had hit the side of my townhouse.”

There were no reports of damage.

Earthquakes are not rare in the area, but it is unusual for them to be felt.

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