N.B. community earthquake swarm starting to settle down

MCADAM, N.B. - The mayor of a small village in western New Brunswick says the earth - and residents' nerves - are calming down following a recent swarm of earthquakes.

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McAdam Mayor Frank Carroll says that while the area is still experiencing tremors, they are nowhere near the strength of a 3.3 magnitude quake that shook homes and broke windows on Feb. 9.

Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada, says four seismic recording instruments were installed about 10 days ago and they have plotted about 30 minor tremors since then.

He says the equipment will remain in place for a few months, and scientists would like to get roughly 100 to 200 seismic events in order to determine a possible fault line that could be causing the quakes.

Carroll says this month's earthquakes were much stronger than ones experienced in 2012 and again in 2015.

Halchuk says it's not possible to say if the quakes will continue to get stronger or fade away.



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