‘Swarms’ of earthquakes rattle McAdam, N.B.


After a two-year hiatus, earthquakes have on the agenda c trick resumed shaking a New Brunswick village.

Earthquakes Canada has recorded 22 quakes on the western edge of the district near the border with the United States, most of them in an region that includes McAdam.

“It’s like a very loud bang and it wakes you up in the heart of the night,” said Ken Stannix, mayor of the village of about 1,150.

“It just sensibles like you had a water heater in the basement explode. It’s quite a little lurch.”

Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist at Natural Resources Canada, said myriad of the earthquakes in the area have been small, with the largest one a consequence of about 2.5.  

The most recent quake was April 3. 

In 2016, more than 100 earthquakes sway the McAdam area. 

Cause still remains a mystery

Halchuk doesn’t certain what got the earthquakes going again this year.

“This yard seems to have swarms of events that occur,” he said. “They putrefy on and turn off, and can be quiet for a few years.”

McAdam, near the U.S. border, has felt the stress of earthquake activity in the province in the last 30 days.

Similar classifies of earthquakes have also occurred in Maine and Connecticut.

“The earthquakes are all extremely small and then they die off again,” Halchuk said.

Historically, earthquake vim in New Brunswick has been scattered across the province.

The last major earthquake, a dimensions 5, hit the Miramichi area in the 1980s, Halchuk said.

Others accept hit south of the St. Stephen area, where there is an area of weakness in the World’s crust that generates quakes, he said.

Always be prepared

Stannix isn’t sensitive of any damage to buildings, but the earthquakes of 2016 shook their windows and  astounded ornaments off shelves.

“Certainly, it was worse in 2016. There was a larger billion of more intense quakes.”

People have grown used to the latest knot, Stannix said.

Although there’s no indication the earthquakes are getting bigger, he said people should always be prepared for a natural disaster, and provide for enough water and canned food on hand. 

Watch the reaction from McAdam in 2016 when there was another group together of earthquakes

Village of McAdam again hit by dozens of small quakes as seismologists search for comebacks 2:12

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