‘Lightly felt’ earthquake reported in Alberta fracking zone

The federal government is reporting an earthquake in an area of northwestern Alberta where fracking for energy development is common.

FOX CREEK — The federal government is reporting an earthquake in an area of northwestern Alberta where fracking for energy development is common.

Natural Resources Canada says the earthquake was “lightly felt” this morning in Fox Creek.

The earthquake registered 4.5 on the Richter scale, which would make it the strongest quake reported to the province’s energy regulator in a year.

No damage has been reported.

The Alberta Energy Regulator imposed new standards for monitoring and reporting seismic activity in the area last year.

There have been 366 seismic events in the region since January 2015.