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5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the at-least-it-wasn't-new-madrid dept.

Canada 560

joelmax writes "A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit central Canada this afternoon, rattling buildings from Windsor to Montreal to several US states. The epicentre of the quake was in Quebec, 61 kilometres north of Ottawa, according to the US Geological Survey, and struck at 1:41 pm EDT." If you felt this quake, it would be great to put your location in the title of your comments, below — with lat/long coordinates even better.

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560 comments

The End Is Near (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668748)

The End Is Near. All you MacFags will burn for eternity.

Felt it in Cleveland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668756)

On the 5th floor of the Key Bank building. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!

Re:Felt it in Cleveland (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668776)

OMG that was a terrorist attack! Write more blank checks for DHS!!!! Wait, Cleveland? Oh, never mind.

5.5? Feh! (5, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669058)

On the 5th floor of the Key Bank building. EVERYBODY PANIC!!!

What a bunch of wimps.

Here in southern California, a mere 5.5 would hardly even arouse anyone's interest. Probably make page 1 of the local section unless the Padres made a big trade; then it would be relegated to page 2.

Re:5.5? Feh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669232)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Plates_tect2_en.svg

Do you see any tectonic plates meeting in the middle of North America?

Shaking in Ottawa (5, Interesting)

geo-geo (33913) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668768)

I was in a boardroom on the 6th (top) floor of our building for a 1:30 pm meeting and just as we're getting underway the table and chairs were shaking. Was pretty heavy for about 20 seconds and then faded off over the next minute. We're a lot of government buildings so the policy is to evacuate. We actually tried to continue our meeting but then they finally got to our floor to check it out they found us and told us to leave. As you can guess, no more work is really being done today. It's pretty exciting for us as we don't get this here.
One interesting note, when I did go outside most everyone was on their cell phone and several were stating that they couldn't get service. I would guess because of the increase in volume at that time.

Re:Shaking in Ottawa (5, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668924)

I didn't get touched, I'm in Alberta, but our Branches out in the Toronto Area felt it quite a bit.

Latitude = 43.6325, Longitude = -79.6601
Lat = 43 degrees, 38.0 minutes North
Long = 79 degrees, 39.6 minutes West

Our only Tech out there emailed and asked if our systems were capable of withstanding 5.5 Earthquakes.

  We emailed back "We don't know!!! Is everything running? Power okay? Any one sent in any IT Requests?"

To which he responded, "Everything looks good. We're all fine by the way, thanks for checking."

Shaking in Oshawa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669146)

I'm on the 7th floor of a gov't building in Oshawa. The building just swayed for a minute, though it did basically destroy any hope of productivity for the afternoon.

central canada? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668770)

Get a map... its the east side of Canada.

Yes, Toronto is ego central though...

Do you want my coords? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668782)

I felt something, I'm not sure what. It was either the quake or last nights burrito.

sigh... (0, Offtopic)

epiphani (254981) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668784)

You're an hour too late. We've already beat this topic to death on mailing lists, twitter, fark and facebook.

Nothing to see here, GBTW.

Central Canada? (3, Informative)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668792)

That's not exactly Central Canada. You can't go much farther east without being in the Atlantic. Granted, it probably impacted more Canadians than an earthquake anywhere else in the country would have.

Re:Central Canada? (5, Informative)

JazMuadDib (600258) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669138)

Central Canada is a term used in Canada to represent Ontario and Quebec, as opposed to Western or Atlantic Canada. It has little to do with geography.

Re:Central Canada? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669214)

Good point. Ottawa, which is UTC-05:00, is considered Eastern Time, not Central Time.

Can 5.5 even be felt at ground zero? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668800)

5.5 is diesel truck passing too close to the building. 5.5 is a sneeze, happens like once a week in SoCal. WTF why was this summary posted?

Re:Can 5.5 even be felt at ground zero? (1)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668910)

For the same reason a snow storm in Mexico would be news. It's unusual for the location. As a resident of Ontario this is the first earthquake I remember us ever having.

Nothing in Chicago (5, Informative)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668802)

But I figured a USGS link [usgs.gov] was in order.

Magnitude 5.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669108)

USGS indicates the shaker was magnitude 5.0

Re:Nothing in Chicago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669208)

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010xwa7.php

says 5.0

Obligatory xkcd (5, Funny)

Jamori (725303) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668804)

Re:Obligatory xkcd (1)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668942)

Wow, I forgot about this one. Sadly, it mirrors exactly what I did. It wasn't very strong though.

I felt it....ohhh wait. (5, Funny)

PieterBr (1013955) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668806)

At first I thought it was because the US won their group on the world championship. But then I realised the are no football fans in America.

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668914)

Soccer. There are no soccer teams in America. There are lots of football teams.

By the way, if we win the World Cup, that means the sport gets renamed worldwide. Seriously, we'll do it. How does "FISA World Cup" sound?

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669128)

I thought FISA was what allowed the courts to rubber-stamp domestic wiretapping? =P

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (4, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669158)

There are no soccer teams in America. There are lots of football teams

Football is not handegg [saasta.fi] .

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (2, Interesting)

Changa_MC (827317) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669178)

Football. There are no football teams in America. There are lots of American Rugby teams

FTFY

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669194)

Flamebait anyone?

Football Fans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669166)

What are you talking about there are plenty of football fans in the US, I am one of them.

I really can't stand Madden though.

Re:I felt it....ohhh wait. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669218)

Football is America's favorite sport (not the pasttime, as I think that still goes to baseball....). It's soccer that lacks fans in America.

Minor shaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668810)

Felt it shake. Woodstock Ontario

43.1336,-80.746107

Quake felt in London, On. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668814)

Midway between Toronto and Detroit.
About 15 seconds of WTF - pictures rattling on the wall, water sloshing in my glass.
Pretty funky stuff
Lat = 42 degrees, 58.8 minutes North
Long = 81 degrees, 14.8 minutes West

Ann Arbor (5, Informative)

CoffeePlease (596791) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668816)

42.31124, -83.67578 Thought it was a particularly large person stomping around near my cube. The floor shimmied slightly. It was cool.

Nepean - Lat: 45 25' 0 N, Longitude: 75 42' 0 W (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668822)

I didn't realize boobquake was today.

Was a fun ride here in Ottawa, a few reports of small building damage but not major injuries from what I have heard.

Cause of quake (1)

Grieviant (1598761) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668828)

Inter-tube resonance effect of several million US soccer fans simultaneously typing "USA USA USA ..." into fifa fan chat. Thank you, Landon Donovan, for the afternoon off.

Dr. Evil? (1)

bazorg (911295) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668836)

I opened my RSS feed reader and... woah! earthquake in Canada!
and below the title "1 person likes this" and a big smiley. there's some really crazy people out there..

Re:Dr. Evil? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669190)

It was pretty cool. We're not used to anything that big here ... it's enough to stir up a little excitement without causing much real damage. I have friends that live in the mountains in northern Mexico, and I'm guessing that they'll be laughing at all the concern.

Ann Arbor, MI :: 42.311331, -83.67533 (1)

metallikop (649953) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668842)

Very mild here, three story building, almost undetectable movement. Quite a few people felt it at the office.

Saskatchewan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668846)

I didn't feel the quake in saskatchwan and get your facts straight. Central canada is not montreal/windsor, thats eastern canada.

-Clinton

Re:Saskatchewan (1)

tecmec (870283) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668966)

I'm from Saskatchewan too. I thought we called it "western Canada". East is the maritimes...I think that leaves Ontario to be the center.

Downgraded... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668848)

They downgraded it to a 5...

Oblig XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668850)

http://xkcd.com/723/

felt in toronto (5, Funny)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668856)

I felt it in my basement apartment in Toronto.

But was it really an earthquake, or did the thought of all those politicians gathering for the G20 make the ground vomit?

Re:felt in toronto (1)

limerope (1354745) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668902)

Mother nature is against the G20. Also Toronto, downtown. Felt it on the 27th floor at Queen & Yonge.

Re:felt in toronto (1)

SpeedyDX (1014595) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669204)

I felt it in Toronto as well. I was 21 floors up, so it was pretty intense. Lights, doors, etc were swinging. According to my security guard, someone on the upper floors of one of the buildings here saw their furniture move across the floor.

Once I made my way down 21 flights of stairs, I spoke to some of my neighbours. About 3/4 of all the residents brought up the G20 jokingly. Pretty much sums up what we think about the event, huh?

Kanata (1)

tecmec (870283) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668860)

All you at work in Kanata, get back to work!

Twitter not good enough for you? (3, Informative)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668862)

Or, to save time, you could just try querying the Twitter API for any tweets with the #earthquake tag, check the location of said tweets, and plug those into Google maps. Or, for an even faster (but more constrained) result, you could just check the USGS Did You Feel It? map. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/2010xwa7/us/index.html [usgs.gov]

Re:Twitter not good enough for you? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669250)

In answer to your subject:

No. With all confidence and utmost sincerity, I believe I speak for the majority of Slashdot users when I say, in fact, no, Twitter is not good enough for us. Thank you for your time.

USGS'd! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668864)

Magnitude 5.0 - ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA [usgs.gov] . Filter: Don't use so many caps it's like yelling.

44 49' 49" N / 74 30' 49" W (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668874)

Slight rumbling for 15-20 seconds here, about two hours ago.

Nothing too serious. (3, Funny)

BLToday (1777712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668894)

I'm from California, a 5.5 is about a large truck going by. One time, we had a 5.4 in the Bay Area and it was one of those quick jolt ones. I thought the fat guy in the apartment above me fell down. I think we had a 5-something last week, I didn't notice since I was at Disneyland.

Re:Nothing too serious. (1)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668962)

5.5 is "Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. At most slight damage to well-designed buildings" It's only "a large truck going by" if you're not really that close to the epicenter...if your criteria is for an earthquake that you're not near, then whatever, a 9.9 you can't even feel at all (if you're on the other side of the world).

Re:Nothing too serious. (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669096)

In Canada a 5.5 earthquake is news. In California a 55F day is news.

Felt it in Arizona. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668898)

Though that might've been McCain flip-flopping. ZING!

Felt it in Boston, MA (1)

sagneta (539541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668900)

Actually we felt it in Boston. I could feel the swaying. I sent an IM to somebody asking if they felt it. Later they said they had. Once I read this message the the time 1:41pm EDT I noted that my IM message was sent at 1:44. My clock is probably off somewhat but that's close enough. I have felt other quakes in New England. This would be the fourth so it is not unheard of. Also much of Boston is filled-in land thus it tends to amplify the shock waves.

More here (1)

loconet (415875) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668904)

More details here [usgs.gov] . Growing up in Peru, and experiencing many earthquakes in my life time, you would think I would recognize an earthquake but I didn't feel a thing. 5.5 isn't a small shake either.

Shaking (3, Informative)

rxan (1424721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668912)

Mississauga near Pearson Airport. 4th floor of office building. Wavy and shaking. Nothing was broken but you could really feel it. 43.638968,-79.609534

Mississauga (43.638968,-79.609534) (1)

rxan (1424721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669124)

And there it is in the title for you.

Re:Shaking (1)

JazMuadDib (600258) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669224)

43.711595,-79.684095, a few kilometers away. I didn't feel anything, but my coworkers sure seem to have.

Ann Arbor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668932)

In Domino's farms, My floor rocked a bit and my cube toys all started rattling. I thought. Hmmm, feels like an Earthquake, but we don't get those here.

Best way to see who felt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668934)

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/2010xwa7/us/index.html

Felt it in Toronto (1)

Galestar (1473827) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668946)

Felt it in Toronto

Was in downtown Montreal when it hit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668948)

Felt it here quite clearly, but not strongly enough to even be sure it was an earthquake. On the 14th floor of a building in downtown Montreal, it felt like a large truck rolling by...

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668950)

45.47.0N, 73.50.60W.

Felt it at 1:40pm (guess my clock is off), it lasted for a good minute.

I see what happened (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668974)

They made a pact to the devil [cnn.com] .. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free of Quebec' True story. And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

My favorite tweet seeb on CBC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668980)

Ottawa government buildings evacuated. Productivity unaffected. Although Tsunami on Fake Lake was pretty good too.

Montreal, QC :: 45.53021, -73.59851 (1)

l3ert (231568) | more than 4 years ago | (#32668986)

On the 10th floor of an office building, about three or four sequences of small thumps, lasted about 30 seconds total, each thumps felt slightly like when an elevator stops.

Close, but no indication here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32668998)

Across the river from Windsor and I didn't feel a thing.

Detroit, MI

(42.328712, -83.045279)

Ottawa (1)

sunami88 (1074925) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669006)

45.37623 N, 75.67543 W or so. I didn't think it was so bad, but my neighbours/Facebook friends seem to disagree.

As a side note, my cellphone is completely borked. Seems whenever the carriers become overloaded the damn thing won't even boot/function at all... time to grab the back up phone...

Re:Ottawa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669242)

You mean a land-line? I was shocked how many people called their family/friends to make sure they were okay. It was an earthquake yes, but it wasn't soo bad (also in Ottawa here)

Albany, NY (1)

milesbogus (716811) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669010)

Albany, NY 42.690969,-73.833092 This really got the California natives squawking about and comparing stories about their earthquakes. It really kind of ruined the excitement for me.

Brossard, on the south shore of Montreal (1)

HellRestaurant (1840566) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669032)

Felt the quake earlier. Wasn't sure at the time if it was an earthquake or my house was falling apart. Glad it's not the later.

NJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669042)

I work in Hackensack. My building five degree one and five degrees another way.

Lansing Michigan (1)

Mnemen (1054896) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669048)

I didn't feel it myself, but had several coworkers here and off site note that they had felt it.

43036N 834124W (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669070)

USGS page for the quake: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010xwa7.php

Felt in Flint, MI 43036N 834124W

Rochester, NY report (1)

BigDaveyL (1548821) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669076)

I was walking to the printer and couldn't feel it. However, all my co-workers who were sitting could feel it.

Drummondville, QC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669086)

Drummondville, QC ... got my dual monitor screens shaking for about 30 seconds near 1h40 PM

Upstate NY (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669088)

Felt it here in upstate New York. Very pronounced.

Re:Upstate NY (1)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669236)

Upstate is a very large area :) Most people would think albany...and the area north of albany...Canada :)

The USGS has a nice earthquake web page (1)

elistan (578864) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669092)

The USGS has a nice earthquake webpage http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/ [usgs.gov] with realtime earthquake reporting, with all earthquakes (hundreds of 4.5+ magnitudes per week around the world, thousands of 1.0+ magnitudes in/near the US per week) mapped out.

Here's their info on this particular 5.0 event. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/us2010xwa7.php [usgs.gov]

I tend to go to the USGS site every few days to see what's up, just out of curiosity's sake.

Downtown Toronto (1)

alphax45 (675119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669098)

I work in downtown Toronto within the security zone for G20. At first we thought they were testing equipment or something but it didn't stop for about 30 seconds. First earthquake I have ever felt. Very odd feeling!

Westland Mi and Forest Park Il (1)

rongage (237813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669102)

Nothing felt in either Forest Park Illinois or Westland (burb of Detroit) Michigan.

Rochester NY area (1)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669114)

Felt it in the basement, several people above ground in buildings said they didn't feel it.

Re:Rochester NY area (1)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669188)

43.086185,-77.669361

GPS....

Detroit MI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669116)

Was just a dull roar here on the 27th floor of the Renaissance Center, I thought it was workers rolling a cart down the hallway.

Vancouver Island (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669132)

Vancouver Island on the West coast of BC... didn't feel a thing :(

Today marks the anniversary of the largest on-shore earthquake in Canada in 1946, however.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1946_Vancouver_Island_earthquake

42.913850, -85.517809 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669134)

Not much excitement here. For about 20 seconds it felt like the hydraulic lift on my office chair became very floaty like I was in boat on a gently rolling pond. Three of us in the office felt it, the other three didn't even notice.

Yawn (0)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669136)

The linked story says 5.0, not 5.5. Either way, it's nothing to get your culottes in a wad about... Someone walking or driving could easily fail to notice a 5.0.

From the Wikipedias: 5.0-5.9 -- Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. At most, slight damage to well-designed buildings. (Emphasis mine). And this was in the lower range of that scale.

Schenectady NY (1)

davek (18465) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669154)

Most definitely felt in Schenectady NY (Clifton Park, actually), about 300 miles south-east of the epicenter. Felt like the entire building was a ship on the ocean for a good 10 seconds.

Yay! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669170)

Quebec's finally separating!

Brampton telecommuter 43.74308,-79.747385 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669182)

my whole desk was swaying - i could tell it was more than just heavy trucks passing

Potsdam, NY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669184)

Rattled the office here in Potsdam, NY. 20 Minutes from Cornwall Ontario.

Kanata, Ontario (just outside Ottawa) (1)

mikazo (1028930) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669192)

I was on the 5th floor and felt quite a bit of shaking for about 15 seconds. Good thing I have an old CRT monitor, or I wouldn't have been able to use the computer! I heard the quake caused a tsunami on Stephen Harper's fake lake. Either that or the G20 protesters jumping up and down.

Albany NY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669234)

Felt my chair rocking around, people in the US Census office felt it too

Felt in Sudbury, Ontario (1)

CSchiewek (752303) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669238)

11th floor of my building. Lat 4629'33" Long 8059'26"

Auburn Hills MI (42.647968,-83.214856) (1)

Assassin_for_Atari (691252) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669244)

On the 3rd floor at work, just took some alergy meds so I thought the swaying I was feeling was a bit of a side effect. That was until everyone else started saying "YOU FEEL THAT??!!!"

In Ottawa and felt nothing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669258)

I was in Ottawa on the highway and didn't feel a thing.

Known hazard area (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32669260)

It's in part of Canada that is prone to earthquakes, extending roughly along the Ottawa and St. Lawrence River Valleys. The increased activity along here is related to two factors: 1) this is an old "suture" [wikipedia.org] where pieces of continents were accreted onto the rest of North America a long time ago (the later half of the Paleozoic [wikipedia.org] ) culminating in the building of the Appalachian Mountain system (the Appalachian Orogeny [wikipedia.org] ); 2) the suture stopped being an active plate boundary after the continental pieces were fused onto the continent, but crustal stress still occurs because of the relatively "recent" melting of the continental ice sheets ~10k years ago. The weight of the couple kilometres of ice during the glaciation depressed the crust, and much of central Canada has been experiencing isostatic rebound [wikipedia.org] (i.e. rising back up again) ever since the weight was removed. That process slowly deforms the crust, and when the stress gets too great the rock moves, generating earthquakes. The stress tends to get released along old zones of crustal weakness (i.e. #1).

This seismic hazard map [nrcan.gc.ca] by the Geological Survey of Canada shows the increased risk along the St. Lawrence River rather nicely. More details here [nrcan.gc.ca] .

Having said all that, the level of activity in this part of Canada pales in comparison to earthquakes in the area of an active plate boundary, such as California, where the deformation rates are higher, the earthquakes more frequent, and often higher magnitude. It means that building codes along the St. Lawrence-Ottawa River Valleys are fairly strict when it comes to earthquake resistance, just in case, but a significant earthquake is still outside most people's everyday experience. I'm sure people are freaking out (I'm ~1000km away, so I felt nothing).

Richmond Hill (North Toronto) (1)

malloc (30902) | more than 4 years ago | (#32669262)

Latitude: 43.86
Longitude: -79.37

Everyone was on their cell, and I heard complaints of no 3G service.

I was on the 3rd floor and everyone immediately stood up (i.e. noticeable), but it wasn't strong enough to shake objects on my desk. People on the 1st floor didn't notice anything.

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