Earthquake hits near Esterhazy, Sask.
CTV News Regina
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:02PM CST
Last Updated Friday, August 16, 2019 6:36PM CST
A minor earthquake has been reported near Esterhazy, Saskatchewan.
The United States Geological Survey confirmed the 4.1 magnitude earthquake happened 17 kilometres east of Esterhazy at 8:30 p.m.
According to SaskPower, power was out for the community of Esterhazy, Whitewood, Moosomin and Rocanville, but it is unknown if the outage is related to the earthquake.
"It started about 8:30 and we resolved it within two hours, about 8300 customers were affected, and it was the result of an earthquake," said Joel Cherry with SaskPower. "The damage was caused at our switching station at Tantallon, three of our transformers there tripped off."
Power was restored to the area around 11:30 p.m., SaskPower tweeted.
The quake happened near the Mosaic K2 potash mine site.
Mining operations were interrupted only briefly by the power outage, then resumed.
Esterhazy's mayor says no damage was caused in town.
"We're not hearing anything specific in town as to damage, in fact I never even felt it in my house in town," said Grant Forster. "We were far enough away I guess that we didn't get too much of it."
Several earthquakes have occurred in the Esterhazy and Yorkton regions in recent years.
This quake was stronger than the others, but can still be categorized as light.
With files from CTV News Regina's Wayne Mantyka