Canada Earthquake June 23 2010: 5.0 Magnitude Hits Ontario (Maps)
An Earthquake With a Preliminary Magnitude of 5.5, Then Downgraded to a 5.0 Has Hit the East Coast of Canada on June 23 2010
According to the CBC, the 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit Ontario with shaking and tremors felt in Montreal and even Boston and Cleveland. (The Huffington Post has a map of where the earthquake was felt).
The first quake hit at 1:41 pm local time and was located near the borders of Ontario and Quebec with a depth of 18 km according to the USGS. The CBC reports the first tremor hit south of Echo Lake, Quebec, 61 kilometres north of Ottawa near the Ontario-Quebec border.
"Earthquakes across Eastern Canada are definitely rare, but we do have them," said Johanna Wagstaffe, a CBC seismologist and meteorologist.
The epicentre was centered from these locations:
38 km (24 miles) N (356°) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada 44 km (28 miles) NNE (21°) from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 51 km (32 miles) NNE (26°) from Hull, Quebec, Canada 53 km (33 miles) NNE (21°) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
Office buildings in Toronto and Ottawa were evacuated after the earthquake struck and office workers reported about a minute of shaking.
The windows of the City Hall in Ottawa were shattered and even the employees on Parliament Hill were evacuated and sent home. The Ottawa Fire Department told the CBC that they had received many false alarm calls following the earthquake there were no reports of injuries reported by the police.
Residents have reported shaking and pictures falling off walls.