M 5.9 in Canada on 16 May 2020 13:37 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.9M
Depth: 9.1 Km
Lat/Lon: 53.8282 , -119.575
Event Date: 16 May 2020 13:37 UTC
16 May 2020 07:37 Local
Exposed Population:
About 7000 people within 100km
Source: ALASKA EC ak0206asm32z
Inserted at: 16 May 2020 13:46 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 2.4 (Canada)


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  Earthquake GDACS score
ak0206asm32z Scaled population (vector) 4.03  
  C1 earthquake 1  
  C2 earthquake 0  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.68  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1310752 0 16 May 2020 13:37 5.9M, 9.1km N/A 7 thousand 00:08 ALASKA EC
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* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Canada , Province of Alberta (population 2,649,068) . The nearest places are Grande Cache, and Muskeg River.

Radius Population
100 km 7300 people
75 km 6900 people
50 km 4700 people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Alberta Canada 2.6 million people
British Columbia Canada 3.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Grande Cache Alberta Canada City 3900 people 31 km
Muskeg River Alberta Canada Village - 61 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Grande Cache YGC 1255 0 47 km
Sherman Meadows 1143 0 53 km
Kakwa 1234 0 77 km

More information

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