NEWS

Minor Earthquake Shakes South Okanagan

01/18/2012 02:06 EST | Updated 03/19/2012 05:12 EDT

The South Okanagan was shaken by a minor earthquake late Tuesday night.

According to Earthquakes Canada, a 2.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:09 p.m. PT, and was lightly felt in Penticton and Okanagan Falls.

People also reported feeling the five-second quake in Kaleden and Vaseaux Lake.

Abe Hiob lives just south of Okanagan Falls, and says he was in a deep sleep when a loud noise and shaking woke him up.

"I was in bed and all of a sudden heard this big bang and the house shook. It really shook, and my dog, who's in a kennel, he ended up barking furiously. You couldn't have missed it," said Hiob.

Hiob said he and his wife climbed out of bed, grabbed a flashlight and searched their property for any damage the quake might have caused.

"I just wanted to make sure that a tree didn't come down, because we're surrounded by Ponderosa trees, pretty tall ones."

Earthquakes Canada said there have been no reports of damage.

Though not as common as in the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan does experience its share of siesmic activity. In November, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake was felt in Kelowna, Grand Forks, Rock Creek and Penticton.