Quakes shake N.B. village again: 'Sounded like the hot water tank exploded'

Two years after a mysterious ``swarm'' of earthquakes rattled homes and nerves in a New Brunswick village, they've started up again.

Earthquakes Canada has recorded 22 earthquakes in New Brunswick over the last 30 days, with most of those near McAdam, on the western edge of the province, near the border with the United States.

Mayor Ken Stannix says the quakes startle people, often producing a bang that's louder than a gunshot.

Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist at Natural Resources Canada, says all of the recent earthquakes have been minor _ less than three on the Richter scale.

He says while there have been earthquakes in various parts of the province, there's no indication of an increasing trend.

In early 2016, more than 100 earthquakes shook the McAdam area, but a reason was never found.