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Canada quake also rattles Ohio, and other states

posted 6/23/2010 7:05:42 PM |
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Who in the northeast, and parts of the midwest felt this quake today? I didn't feel it, but I know some in Cincinnati did.

TORONTO - A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and homes and businesses were shaken from Canada's capital in Ottawa on south to an arc of U.S. states.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The midday quake was felt in Canada and in a number of U.S. states, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles. The agency initially said the quake had a 5.5 magnitude, but later reduced it to a magnitude-5.0. The quake occurred at 1:41 p.m. EDT, the USGS said.

The tremors, which lasted about 30 seconds, rattled buildings in Ottawa and Toronto, as well as government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec.

The Parliament building in Ottawa was evacuated, with workers sent home while the building was inspected. Workers also left buildings in Toronto.

The quake came just ahead of the weekend summit of G-20 and G-8 world leaders in Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario.

Chris Cornell, 46, who works in downtown Toronto, said desks and furniture shook as he sat at his desk in a finance office.

Shirley Pelletier, 27, said a prolonged tremor shook bookshelves and caused paintings on walls to shake in her office just outside downtown Toronto.

Residents of a number of states in the Midwest and Northeast reported feeling the earthquake.

In Ohio, people reported the sound of plaster cracking in Cleveland and buildings in Cincinnati gently swaying.

In Cleveland, James Haselden says his office in a renovated 19th century brick building swayed and he heard plastic cracking but saw no damage.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on its website that the Canadian quake was felt by some residents in the western Pennsylvania area.

The quake also was felt in New Jersey, where the Bergen County administration building in Hackensack was evacuated after employees reported they felt a tremor.

Bergen County Police Lt. Christine Francois said numerous people in the Hackensack and Englewood areas called police to report earth tremors.

In Michigan, residents from suburban Detroit to Port Huron and Saginaw reported feeling the earthquake.

Detroit police spokeswoman Yvette Walker told The Associated Press that police personnel on the upper floors of the downtown headquarters building reported feeling the quake.

In New York state, people from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St. Lawrence River said pets were startled and plates rattled when the quake hit.

New York City officials said police received emergency calls came in from all over the city about shaking buildings, but there were no reports of damage.

David French, 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, New York, said he was at his computer inside his home near Syracuse when he felt his chair shake.

"I thought the chair was breaking or something," he said. "I looked over and my filing cabinet was moving."

The quake prompted several calls to state police in the Adirondacks area.

"A little shake, nothing too big," is how Trooper Mark Revette described the temblor. "It happens. We get a couple of these a year."

Kellie Tassone, 40, was at home on Oneida Lake in Cicero.

"My dog picked his head up just before it happened and kind of looked at me," she said. Then the sliding door started to rattle "and the house was shaking."

The USGS said the two largest quakes in western Quebec occurred in 1935 at magnitude-6.1 and in 1732 at a magnitude of 6.2, where it caused significant damage in Montreal.

The agency said earthquakes cause significant damage in the region about once a decade. Smaller earthquakes are felt three or four times a year.

NBC News

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Jun 23 @ 7:28PM  
It's posted, but yet no one commented on it

Well damn Shawn!! Do I have to do everything for you?!?!?

Yeah I was reading about this a little while ago.... kind of strange, Canada isn't a place you ever hear about earthquakes... Do they have many up there? I'll let Bruce do the research on that one..... LOL kidding Bruce!!

That's a very long ways away for Cincy to have felt it... I fear having earthquakes around here.... We've been having some very small ones in the past few years but nothing major.

Jun 23 @ 7:37PM  
Eh.. yeah.. twas a bit of a shaker.

there was a 6.3 earlier this year in cali that we felt the tail end of.. and a 1.7 near Mt. Hood that we got the tail of yesterday and this morning early.

At least mama earth hasn't done us like Haiti and South America yet and said, "you kids.. off my lawn".

Jun 23 @ 8:14PM  
We have had some here over the last 30 years off and on, but nothing big in a way of shaking goes. The last time I actually felt one here was back in the early 80's. Had another one back in 1986 to where people felt it, but I think I was a sleep at the time and didn't experience it.

Jun 23 @ 8:58PM  
I didn't feel noth'n! Damn... we never have any excitement around here in S.E. Michigan- well... with the exception of a riot in Detroit from time to time! Those happen because the citizens there, want the latest state of the art electronic equipment from looted stores!

I wouldn't want to have a job working in the salt mines under Detroit- held up with giant salt pillars, if a major Earth quake were to hit- especially if some of the Detroit River was diverted into the mines!


Jun 24 @ 6:29PM  
Only thing I felt here was like a very slight shift...about it. Thought for a moment I had a dizzy spell (NO smart comments either! ) but that was about it.

Jun 24 @ 6:42PM  
We had one in the Dallas area last year. People freaked out but it didn't do any damage. I've been in many.

Jun 24 @ 6:48PM  
Yep, I was reading my local newspaper today and it shook the National City Bank building in downtown Portsmouth. People on floors 7 and 8 felt the building swaying back and forth and freaked out.

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Canada quake also rattles Ohio, and other states