Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Minor natural disaster shakes Idyllwild in Riverside County

Minor natural disaster shakes Idyllwild in Riverside County

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a 3.6 magnitude quake occurred Thursday just across the border in Canada.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee says the natural disaster occurred around 8 p.m. Meteorologist David Gurney says earthquakes of the 3.6 magnitude "are rare, but not unheard of" in southeast MI. According to Earthquaketrack.com, a couple very minor earthquakes have happened over in Canada just over the river in the past few years. They say it registered a 3.6 on the Richter scale. It's far from either coast of the country so there's no real chance of things such as tsunamis, or hurricanes and it's pretty rare to hear about a forest fire in the province.

He said the quake was "fairly large for the region" and was felt within a 100 kilometre radius.

On Twitter, we sent out a call for reports of where it was felt.

Although Idyllwild is located near the San Jacinto Fault Zone, there was no immediate word regarding damage or injuries.

U of M Professor Larry Ruff says "This quake is unusual".

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