Just had an earth quake in GTA Toronto Area?


Just felt it...My whole desk shook for a few secs...First I thought It was just me but one of my friend just sent a PM asking If there was an earth quake because GEO is reporting it....I was like yaa :lol:

Geo is even quicker than the local news :P


Thankfully It was only 4.4 magnitude. Some of the local buildings were evacuated in down town area.


Ok now its all over the news..


4.4 quake hits southern Ontario

June 23, 2010
A magnitude 4.4 quake hit Hamilton and southern Ontario t 1:45 p.m., causing buildings to shake and forcing the evacuation of some operations.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in Hamilton.

The quake was felt in Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and upstate New York. Reports ranged from Montral through to Brantford and Caledonia.

The epicentre of the quake was reported to be north of Ottawa.

The public school board building in downtown Hamilton was among a number of public buildings and offices that were evacuated. The federal building was evacuated shortly after 2 p.m.

The quake lasted about 10 seconds. Reports of tremors also came from New York, Ohio and Michigan.

The U.S. Geological Survey has told CP24 that the tremor was in the “mid-fours” in terms of magnitude.

Web sites are slow because of demand and cell service is affected by a massive jump in load.

At Hamilton city hall, a member of the Community Services Department said one woman screamed that she thought the wall was coming down.

“There was a shaking motion. Some of the staff were really scared,” said Jahan Zeb, program analyst.

Buildings shook and pictures rattled on the walls in an apparent earthquake across southern Canada and the northeastern United States this afternoon, according to posts on social networking sites.

Descriptions of tremors from an earthquake flooded Twitter, with tweets from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York City and Detroit.

In this region, calls from Hamilton, Brantford, Niagara and other communities poured into The Spectator, with callers reporting a “pounding” in their homes and offices. On Twitter, one poster said: “I though it was dinosaurs!”


Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Are all members living in GTA ok? Earthquake 5.5

Earthquake of 5.5 shakes Ontario and Quebec

25 minutes ago By The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Windows rattled, paintings wobbled on the walls and bewildered central Canadians wondered what in the world was going on Tuesday as a "moderate earthquake" rocked residents of southern Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States.

The U.S. Geological Survey described the temblor as a magnitude 5.5 that occurred at 1:41 p.m. ET and was centred about 60 kilometres north of Ottawa, in western Quebec.

Residents in parts of upstate New York and Vermont also reported feeling the ground shake.

Within minutes of the quake, the Internet came alive with people saying they felt the earth rumble in cities across Ontario and Quebec, including Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

The quake seemed to last for about 30 seconds in Ottawa and rattled downtown buildings, homes in west-end Ottawa and government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que.

Witnesses in downtown Toronto also described feeling a prolonged tremor that shook desks, rattled bookshelves and caused paintings on walls to shake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
Holly Rockbrune, 25, works for an insurance company. She was home for lunch when she began to notice something strange was happening.
"It was odd because I was in the kitchen making lunch and I could hear banging," Rockbrune said.

"I went into the living room and everything was rattling, but I didn't think much of it so I went back into the kitchen. It only lasted a few seconds."
Stephen Taylor, a political pundit in Ottawa, used his Twitter feed to describe what the tremors felt like.

"I was in an elevator when the earthquake hit," Taylor wrote. "Debris hitting the top of it, walls scraping ... fun stuff." The website for the USGS displayed a map showing a recent event registering 5.5 magnitude had occurred near the Ontario-Quebec boundary. The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of 19.2 kilometres.

It was one of the most significant quakes ever measured in the region, according to the organization.

The two largest quakes in western Quebec occurred in 1935 at magnitude 6.1 and in 1732 at a magnitude of 6.2, according to the agency.
It said earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the west, are typically felt over a much broader region.

The survey also said that east of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast.

Hundreds of people were milling about on downtown Ottawa streets as the Parliament buildings emptied, along with the Prime Minister's Office across the street at the Langevin Block.

Buildings across downtown Ottawa were evacuated.
A sitting of the Senate was disturbed, as were preparations by the PMO for this week's G8 and G20 summits. PMO staff were forced out onto Wellington Street.

Conservative Senator Lowell Murray said the massive chandeliers of the upper chamber began swaying during a mundane debate on energy issues.

"Initally we thought it might have been an airplane crashing into the building," Murray said.

"But we were standing around wondering what was going on. And I quickly realized it was an earthquake. And then everybody started shouting out, out, out."

Chinese President Hu Jintao was to arrive in Ottawa later Wednesday afternoon.
Source: yahoo.ca



It was 4.4 in my area but thankfully no damages.

What is the situation in your area?


Minister (2k+ posts)
Earthquake Details

Magnitude5.0 Date-Time
Location45.862N, 75.457W Depth18 km (11.2 miles) set by location program RegionONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA Distances
  • 38 km (24 miles) N (356) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
  • 44 km (28 miles) NNE (21) from Gatineau, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 51 km (32 miles) NNE (26) from Hull, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 53 km (33 miles) NNE (21) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth fixed by location program ParametersNST=283, Nph=283, Dmin=148.6 km, Rmss=0.91 sec, Gp= 25,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8 Source
Event IDus2010xwa7



Friends let me share my feelings for this incident, which took place today at 141pm.

It was a same feeling which I had experience on Nov 26th 517pm, when I was driving down back to home, when I was hit by a Trailer, and my car was out of control til it fell down in soft ditch.

It felt like some moving very fast around with no control, every one was shocked, everyone had first experience in life, going through tremor.

Life become normal shortly after that, Alhamdulilah nothing happened around, suburbs have some damages, but town and around area is showing all fine.

Thanks to Allah, we pray to him to keep us under his blessing for ever. AMEEN.

It seems like It was more severe in your area. I only felt a light a shook. Alot of people around me didnt feel anything at all but since I was on my desk and there were quite a few light things on it, made it visible for me.