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Earthquake of 5.0 magnitude hits Ontario, Quebec

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CTV National News: Daniele Hamamdjian reports
Earthquake experts are assessing the damages were caused by Wednesday's earthquake, which rattled Ontario and Quebec. Experts say this is a wake-up call for the region.
CTV Ottawa: Kate Eggins on the earthquake
Some buildings and bridges remain off limits in West Quebec near the epicentre of the earthquake. One man's property was completely destroyed.
CTV News Channel: Arsalan Mohajer, Red-R Canada
A former geophysics professor and director of an agency that trains people earthquake and disaster relief says the earthquake is not the largest Quebec has had in its history and explains the difference between seismic activity in Quebec to the west coast.
Canada AM: Pierre-Yves Robin, geologist
A geology professor at the University of Toronto talks about the active seismic zone in western Quebec where the earthquake began and says the people in that area can experience earthquakes 4 to 5 times a year.
Canada AM: Don Davies, NDP public safety critic
The NDP public safety critic was at a live press conference when the earthquake hit and as the media fled, he remained in his seat in shock. He talks about the experience and says he did not realize it was an earthquake when the room first started to shake.
CTV National News: Scott Laurie on the tremors
While the tremor was felt the most in the Ottawa region, its biggest effect was in Toronto where thousands of people were already on edge even before the quake hit.
MyNews: Dramatic video of grad ceremony
MyNews user Larissa Bondarchuk captures this footage of an earthquake that rocked a graduation ceremony for St. Pius X High School in Ottawa.
MyNews: Earthquake shakes home in Ottawa
MyNews user Nathan Seyeau captured the earthquake in Ottawa as he was working out on Wednesday afternoon.
CTV Toronto: Alicia Markson on the big surprise
Shortly after 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Torontonians got a big surprise -- an earthquake shook the city. Alicia Markson reports.
CTV Toronto: Natalie Johnson with reaction
The earthquake had Torontonians talking. Natalie Johnson gathers their stories about how the earthquake affected them.
CTV Toronto: Dana Levenson with Twitter reaction
Toronto is a social media hotbed, and people were eager to use services such as Twitter to share about the earthquake. Dana Levenson reports.
CTV Ottawa: Catherine Lathem captures panic
As buildings in the downtown core swayed around them, thousands of public servants poured onto the streets and caused gridlock in the arteries leaving Ottawa.
CTV Ottawa: Norman Fetterley on the response
Minor damage was reported to several buildings in Ottawa, prompting fire and police to head to all corners of the city in the moments after the quake.
CTV Ottawa: Paul Brent on the geology of the quake
Aftershocks will happen in the hours after the magnitude 5.0 quake, but geologists report they will likely be too small to be felt.
CTV Ottawa: Kate Eggins on reaction in Barrhaven
An Ottawa teen may be slammed with criminal charges for street racing. The incident has led to the death of 18-year-old Christian Williams, which has left his classmates in mourning.
CTV Montreal: Rob Lurie on the quake
The earthquake was felt across the Greater Montreal Area and while most felt it, few knew what was causing the shaking.
Home video of earthquake
A resident in Ottawa took this video as an earthquake began to shake his home as seen by the water in the aquarium just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010.
Aftermath of quake in Gatineau
A woman in Gatineau, Que., took her camera out moments after a possible earthquake struck and recorded her and her neighbours reactions to the event.
CTV News Channel: Laurent Godin, Queen's Univ.
A geology professor at Queen's University explains why earthquakes are hard to predict and says the quake happened at 15 km depth, while the epicentre of the quake is known for being a zone with higher seismic activity than most of Canada.
CTV News Channel: Witness in Montreal reacts
Michael Glass from Montreal, Que. says he was on the 27th floor of an office building when the quake hit and says he felt small vibrations through the floor.
CTV News Channel: Jenn Doan, witness
A woman discusses how she was rehearsing for a play for the Ottawa Fringe Festival when she experienced the earthquake.
CTV News Channel: Witness in Ottawa shares story
Gene Iszak from Ottawa says she was in her backyard when the earthquake hit and describes seeing the houses and windows moving.
CTV News Channel: Quake witness speaks
Michelle Honsberger, who was on the eleventh floor of an office building in Ottawa when the earthquake hit, describes her 'unreal' experience and says most people in Ottawa have remained on the street, not returning inside.
CTV News Channel: Quake felt in Markham, Ont.
Meena Jossi from Markham, Ontario describes where she was when the earthquake struck and first believed her house had been hit by a car.
CTV News Channel: Witness shares account
Francesa McClain in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. talks about her experience when the 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook central Canada and says she was left speechless from the incident.
CTV News Extended: Jim Prentice with his story
The federal minister of the environment describes his surprise when his chair began to move during a live, on-air TV interview
CTV News Channel: John Bellini, USGC
A spokesperson for the U.S. Geological Survey and geophysicist explains why they have revised the earthquake to a 5.0 magnitude and says the epicentre is 53 kilometres northeast of Ottawa.
CTV News Channel: Witness shares her story
Colette Mceachern from Dundas, Ont. shares her first-hand account of what happened to her when the earthquake hit and says she is shaken up from the experience.
CTV News Channel: Graham Richardson in Ottawa
The anchor for CTV Ottawa shares his account when the earthquake hit in the newsroom and says the earthquake only lasted 15 seconds, while the City of Ottawa is not reporting any structural damage.
CTV News Channel: Alexander Cruden, U of T
The chair of geology at the University of Toronto explains the magnitude of the earthquake, the causes that led to the tremors and what type of damage a 5.5 earthquake could inflict.

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Well, I live in Leamington Ontario and I can tell you that at approximately 2:30pm I felt the whole floor moving underneath me. I didn't know what it was and passed it off as being over tired, but then I felt it a second time within seconds of the first one. I still felt that maybe it was me not feeling well and then heard the news! We just had a devastating tornado here on June 6th and now feel this earthquake,certainly makes you wonder what is happening to our world!!

Dixie Fernandes

Earthquake of 5.0 magnitude hits central Canada

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Earthquake of 5.0 magnitude hits Ontario, Quebec

CTV.ca News Staff

Date: Wed. Jun. 23 2010 8:51 PM ET

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Ontario, Quebec, and parts of the northeastern United States Wednesday afternoon, sending residents running into the streets.

While there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in major city centres, the town of Gracefield, Que., which is very close to the quake's epicenter, declared a state of emergency after the quake damaged several buildings, including civic administration offices, a church and a grocery store.

"We declared a state of emergency because we don't know if our buildings are secure," Gracefield city councillor Michael Gainsford told CTV News Channel in telephone interview early Wednesday evening. "We closed down all public buildings because there's lots of damage to structures, there's cement cracks, there's pieces of chimney fallen down… ."

Gainsford said the building that sustained the most damage was the local church, where the chimney fell through the roof and many of the windows were cracked. Local residents reported seeing the steeple move as much as two inches, Gainsford said. Inspectors were up on aerial ladders surveying the damage.

None of the town's residents was injured, Gainsford said.

The quake hit shortly before 1:45 p.m. ET, and was felt in Montreal, Windsor, Ottawa and Toronto. The U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center received reports the quake was felt throughout New York State, Vermont, Massachusetts and Ohio.

The quake occurred at a depth of 16.4 kilometres, and its epicenter was about 56 kilometres north-northeast of Ottawa.

Earthquakes Canada spokesperson Janet Drysdale confirmed Wednesday evening the quake triggered a handful of aftershocks.

"There have been some aftershocks following this event; in the hour or two following it, there were approximately four or five" aftershocks of a magnitude greater than 2.5, Drysdale told the Canadian Press.

"We would expect some aftershocks, but they would diminish as time goes on."

Bruce Presgrave, a spokesperson with the Earthquake Information Center, said though quakes in the area are rare, the region is an active seismic zone.

"With typical building construction in North America, magnitude fives do not usually cause major damage," Presgrave told CTV.ca in a telephone interview from Colorado. "But if they are close to a city they can cause things like broken windows and things being knocked off shelves."

Earlier Tuesday, word broke that a bridge collapsed into a river north of Buckingham, Que., northeast of Ottawa. No one was injured. Other reports of damage included a gas main break on Parliament Hill, and sewer and water main breaks in North Bay, Ont.

Via Rail is also warning passengers travelling east of Kingston that they will experience delays due to the quake.

"Trains travelling east of Kingston will experience (a) 2.5 hour delay for infrastructure inspection due to (the) Quebec-Ontario earthquake," says a travel advisory on the company's website.

Tremor disrupts government work

In Ottawa, a live news conference on Parliament Hill was interrupted as reporters fled the room, which was clearly seen shaking on camera.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice was in the middle of an interview with BNN when "suddenly my chair was moving."

"So it was pretty significant, it was quite a shake. Fortunately I was at the end of the interview and we all vacated the building," Prentice said.

The quake disrupted a Senate session. Conservative Senator Lowell Murray said he and his colleagues were debating energy issues when chandeliers in the upper chamber began to sway.

"Initially we thought it might have been an airplane crashing into the building," Murray told the Canadian Press.

"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."

CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife said CTV staff fled the downtown building where the bureau is located and spilled onto a street, to where hundreds of others had also fled.

CTV's Graham Richardson said there are so far no reports of any damage in Ottawa.

Michelle Honsberger was working on the 10th floor of an Ottawa highrise when the building began to shake.

"Just out of nowhere you feel this incredible shock, it was terrifying, the building was moving back and forth," Honsberger told CTV News Channel Wednesday afternoon. "Everyone immediately jumped out of their cubicles and said, ‘What was that, what's going on?' We didn't even wait for an official alarm. People start evacuating immediately, running down the stairs."

In Huntsville, Ont., where G8 summit preparations are underway, OPP Sgt. Pierre Chamberland said nothing was felt in the area, but said security officials plan for everything, including earthquakes.

In Toronto, workers spilled out of office buildings across the city into a heat wave that had temperatures reaching 37 C with the humidex.

"I was in my office at the time and the floor began to shake and it felt like it was sort of on water," one witness told CTV Toronto. "It was quite disturbing."

The City of Toronto issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that after an initial assessment, there appears to be no major damage to city infrastructure. The Toronto Transit Commission and other regional transit services said there was no damage to their facilities and there were no interruptions in service.

In New York City, emergency officials said they are investigating several reports of shaking buildings. Residents in parts of New Jersey and Michigan also reported feeling the tremor.

Eastern Canada quakes

There are two seismic zones in the region, according to the Earthquake Information Center's Bruce Presgrave: the St. Lawrence Valley seismic zone, and a seismic zone that runs up the Ottawa Valley.

According to Presgrave, one of the largest earthquakes ever in North America was a magnitude 7 that hit the Charlevoix, Que. region in 1663.

Other quakes that have hit the region include:

  • A 6.5-magnitude tremor just south of Chicoutimi, Que., which shook homes as far away as Toronto on Nov. 25, 1988.
  • A 5.6-magnitude tremor that caused considerable damage in both Cornwall, Ont. and Massena, N.Y.
  • A 6.2-magnitude tremor about 10 kilometres east of Temiscaming, Que., triggered small landslides close to its epicenter.

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Bystander
said

We always think that earth quakes happen in some far of land; Not So! Hope there were no injuries.


Chris Grimard
said

I live in Sudbury, Ontario and I even felt the earth quake for a bit of time... I thought a water pump was shaking or breaking in the basement or some sort of large truck was pulling into our garage...


Christina Hepburn
said

I felt it from Listowel Ontario for a short while. At first I had no idea what it was.


JMB
said

We felt it here in Wasaga Beach as well. It shook our house violently for almost 30 seconds. It moved glasses and nic nacs on the shelves it was shaking so bad.


Marion inthe Creek
said

Wow, the earth moved in Southern Ontario?I heard there was a fault line in Lake Ontario. Does anyone know if this is true? What's the emergency plan for an earthquake? Do we have insurance to cover this?


Jacqueline
said

It was felt here in Essex, ON


Paul Vancouver Island
said

Was it a FAKE QUAKE created by the Conservatives as part of the G8 G20 meetings this week. Mother Earth is not happy.


Dan I
said

WOW !! I was in my living room and the whole house started to shake. And the windows were rattling. Unreal...I live in Mont Tremblant.( rumbling mountain)


All Shook UP!
said

shook my house in North Bay ON!!!


Mort Goth
said

It's HELL calling for the G20 A.H.s to JUMP IN!!!


Nora
said

Just spoke with my daughter in High Park. She felt her sofa move away from the wall. scary


Kera
said

I live in stratford ontario and felt it here for about 5 min off and on


Virginia Santos
said

were up here in Innisfil, Ontario, my house was shaking. As I listened to music with my head phones on in front of my computer my desk monitor started shaking, mirrored closet doors were shaking was a bit scary, my boys were playing games downstairs on the sofa, the sofa was shaking to, I went outside neighbour was outside, her house was shaking .. never felt one before :( I hope everyone is ok


David from Ottawa
said

Hopefully this will cause a tsunami on the 1,6 million dollar artificial lake at the G8 meeting and wipe out all of those politicians.


Anna
said

the same thing at Vaudreuil-dorion,Beau plage area,, scary.


Andrew
said

I work in Peterborough, Ontario at the airport and we could feel it cleary. We have large planes taking off and massive engines rattling the buidlings, however, this shaking went above and beyond what we usually. Enough so that we all stopped and said, "what the hell was that?" I've never felt a quake that strong before.


Jason in Kelowna
said

Michael Ignatieff must have admitted he was wrong. It surprised God so much that he fell of his throne and the Earth shook!


Brenda
said

I felt the quake in New Liskeard.


Peter
said

I live in St.Catharines and was on the computer when iI felt the desk shake, I looked behind me and noticed the lamp shaking, and the walls as well.Never thought it would happen


Dianne Runtz
said

I live in Arnprior, Ontario, and I can tell you that my house shook longer than 15 seconds. It took me that long to figure out what was going on. I grabbed my little dog and ran outside and timed the shaking for like 2 minutes before it stopped completely. It really shook.


Kathryn de Savoye
said

I live in Tottenham Ontario, between Newmarket and Orangeville, and I felt the house move. I wasn't sure if it was an earthquake, but when I saw the water in the fish tank swaying, I knew that that's what it must have been. I thought that my eyes and body were playing a trick on me!


Armando
said

Okay so that was an Earthquake, I live in Montreal, and I was like ok why is the house shaking, was it the washer again, it lasted like 30 seconds but defintely felt it.




RICHARD FRITZ
said

at appr.1.45 pm the windows in my back room rattled for 4 seconds, sure gets ur attention.I live in Port Elgin Ontario.......


Vicky
said

We felt the quake up here in Timmins from what I have heard


Deb
said

shaking thimgs up here in Chatham Ont...


Julianna Santos
said

I work in an area where are a lot of transport companies (trucks from 24 feet to 53 feet). So, for a second, I thought that ALL the trucks were going across the yards really fast (like a train passing by)!

Hope everyone is safe & sound.




Jen
said

I also live in Sudbury, Val Caron to be exact, and I thought is was my 100 lb dog scratching herself, on the floor, at the end of my bed. My second thought was a large truck on the street, but there was no sound. My oldest son came in the room to ask if I felt it and he said the broom started to fall over. Weird! Glad it wasn't stronger.


Relax201
said

Everyone is panicking... its really strange... everyone should relax it wasn't that bad!


Canadian Scot Aurora
said

I thought my fridge was going to take off across the floor! I had no idea it was an earthquake, thought my nearly new fridge was on the blink!


D in Ottawa
said

I was in an Ottawa Shoppers Drug Mart when there was a huge boom and the building shook. Things on the shelves shook and some items fell off. I guess as far as earthquakes go, it wasn't too bad but I'll tell you one thing: I didn't know pharmacists could run that fast! POOF! They were gone.


Happyfeet
said

I heard a rumour that the real quake started a tsunami in the fake lake...


nora
said

We're in Midland, Ontario. At first we couldn't understand why chipmunks and squirrels and birds were tearing around, until everything started to shake a bit.


Laurie
said

Wow is right! The loud rumbling was incredible and the shaking pretty strong! Pictures frames and figurines fell from their places in my Ottawa home!


Paul
said

From my experiences living in BC, this one felt like a 3ish here in Kingston. So I knew it was either pretty big, or pretty close.


Yolanda - South shore of Montreal
said

Was alone at home and felt it - very scared - 30 seconds seemed long for meFelt from Toronto to Chicoutimi, QuebecInternet sites flooded and not accessible at this momentNo damage here but quite an experience


Dylan in North Bay
said

It was very subtle here in North Bay, causing my closet doors to rattle, nothing like what was experienced in Ottawa from my understanding.Who says Ottawa is the town that fun forgot...


Nick
said

That was crazy holy i felt it in london ontario i thought i was crazy there for a min


Prof. Pye Chartt
said

As someone who used to reside in Los Angeles, my sudden experience this afternoon brought me back in time. As I once told my wife, it feels less like vigorous "shaking" (as depicted on TV) and more like the foundation is on soft rubber. My first official "ride" was the 1987 Whittier quake (around magnitude 5.9, I believe); however, the Northridge quake easily trumped it (around magnitude 6.7, I recall). Both definitely rocked and rolled longer than this one today. ...I miss all the car alarms going off.


Lisa
said

Felt it here in Sault Ste Marie, felt like a subway train was passing under my house. I just happened to be sitting on the floor.


Environmentalist
said

Global warming and the international oil industry are to blame! Stop polluting the atmosphere and pumpin oil out of the ground and let mother earth stabilize. You create voids in the ground and this is what happens.


Santosh
said

I felt the earthquake while I was watching the World Cup on TV. The chair started shaking, and my plants started to move.Surprisingly, my dog didn't react/feel the tremors. She just busily slept away...


sandman
said

Hopefully no injuries anywhere.. and maybe it shook some sense into the politician cannon fodder in Ottawa. Nah, not likely.


Cheryl Brown
said

we felt the quake here in northern ontario.South porcupine right outside Timmins.


Kathy
said

Felt it in Cobourg. I think this is the worst shake we've had since moving here over 25 years ago. Lasted a good 3 to 5 minutes, increasing as it went along. My ferrett enjoyed the rocking motion from the safety of his little hammock! So is everyone prepared if it was worse?


J. Weaver
said

Felt it here in Welland on 5th floor apartment building. Weird sensation.


Rick Bryant
said

This quake was felt in Bowmanville Ontario for a few seconds. It alarmed my pets and a kitchen cupboard shelf collapsed. This quake is as strong as I ever want to experience.


kevin worrell
said

We felt it in Fredericton, New Brunswick...


George Ross
said

My parents live at Lac Ste. Marie in Quebec, which is right at the epicentre - according to them, the shaking there was not too severe, but there was deafening rumbling when this thing hit.Here in Waterloo ON it was definitely felt. My building was swaying for about 30 seconds - I thought at first it was a tornado since we did have severe thunderstorms forecast for today.


chris-detroit
said

We felt it here in Detroit. People in high rise buildings felt it more them people on the ground.


FCS
said

Felt it good here at CFB Borden but then again it's bulit on a sand pit. Not strong enough to get me out of class unfortunetely.


Kelly
said

Felt it in Kirkfield..... knocked the pictures off the wall and china in the china cabinet started rattling.... the cats and dog..... shot up from their slumbers


Kevin
said

I'm in Sudbury as well...I didn't feel a thing. I was surprized to see that headline.


Bob
said

We felt it in Jamestown,NY 60 miles south of Buffalo


Lisa Serrano
said

Earthquake - Location is Barrhaven (Ottawa), Ontario - West End of Ottawa The house was moving (rippling effect) and I was with my daughter in her room when the shaking took place. I looked out to my backyard and found my neighbor's new pool rippling/ and bubbling with water come up from underneath the solar blanket. Loud audible (train) noise that lasted for at least 15-20 seconds. Objects fell from closet shelf and lamps in bedroom were shaking as the tremors moved through area. Originally thought that it was a large piece of machinery equipment driving down street to new construction site in new home development.Concerned about what procedures a home owner should take when it comes to looking over home and conditions of structural support and gas leaking?! Any information to provide would be greatly appreciated.


I wonder
said

TOO MANY POLITICIANS IN ONE AREA!SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE!!! LOL


CrackerJackLee
said

i was in my cubicle when some shaking awoke me... i thought it was my big fat boss walking by the cubicle... the floor seemed to bounce... and i could hear a faint chugging noise, not like a train, but more like a faltering tractor in the distance... so that's what 5 is like... hard to imagine 7.0 which would be 100 times greater... must be the first time for many of us...


GARRY
said

QUIT TALKING ABOUT TORONTO!!! HOLY! MONTREAL WAS MUCH CLOSER AND IS A BIG CITY....ALWAYS TALKIN ABOUT TORONTO....GET OVER IT....OTTAWA AND MONTREAL WERE MUCH MUCH CLOSER.


Denise
said

Onaping, Ontario
1:44pm. Thought one of the mines had a big blast. Lasted what seemed like 30 seconds. My book shelf was swaying.


Jason
said

Aftershock, Aftershock!!


ME
said

I live in st thomas Ontatio ( 15 mins south of London) and we felt it here for about 30 seconds.. not nearly as bad as the T.O. Ottawa, montreal area tho! Pretty scary!


Oak
said

Central Canada needs to be shook up occassionally.....


kumanan
said

I was at the office my chair was dancing holy...


wendy
said

felt the tremor way up here at Northern College Haileybury Campus.....


candace
said

That's what you get for voting Liberal. Get with it or we will send another shock at you. Alberta


Nick P.
said

We felt it in Rochester, NY. Just a trembling in the floor. However, some buildings were evacuated and there are reports of minor phone and power outages.


Jelly
said

Confusis says "Mean Chinese Prez who imprisions students is vewy vewy shakey...and karma is comin to open up it's jaws and imprision him!...HIYAAA!"


Brooke
said

My question is why the heck did I have to see it reported on the American channels before I saw in on the Canadian channels? How awful is that I ask?


Paul
said

Maybe it was caused by Quebec separating!


Connie
said

I live in Montreal and felt it, my computer desk shook lightly for a few seconds and I thought it was a truck.


Rick
said

I am near the waterfront in Ajax, east of Toronto, and I felt it quite clearly. It lasted about 15 secs, and felt like the floor was hooked up to one of those old motel bed vibrators!


valesucks
said

I thought it was the scabs mising a blast in sudbury mines,


wayne
said

It is nice to know that once in a while you are reminded of how small one really is.


marlene barrett
said

the earthquake was also felt in timmins ontariio...a lot of swaying...


Perry Ashawasegai
said

We felt the building shake in French River and Sudbury Ontario...@141 p.m.


dave
said

Our 14 floor office tower in Toronto swayed east/west for about 20 seconds. The building was evacuated while the building was checked for structural damage. None found, so we're back at work!


Elizabeth
said

Over here in Kanata (just outside of Ottawa), I actually thought that maybe a bomb went off, or a bus had collided with my boyfriend's condo building. Quite terrifying! We were unsure what to do.


Bonnie
said

we live in Little Britain,Kawartha Lakes..I was sitting at my pc at 1:43..and the entire house shook for about 1min..SCARED!!! my hubby was outside and did not feel it at all.


Frank
said

I live in Sault Ste. Marie and felt it as well. I was sitting on the couch and for about 5 to 10 seconds I could feel the whole house move back and forth. Enough to move the curtains.


denise dumouchel
said

I was sitting playing a game of crib on my computer when I felt the desk and chair shaking back and forth; I thought I was having a case of vertigo when I saw my big plant's leaves shaking also. So, I guess I felt the earthquake here in Timmins, Ontario.


Caroline
said

It shook our cottage here, north of Bancroft. It actually felt like it shifted the building.We're now waiting for the aftershocks.


Brenda S
said

Here in Buffalo NY water in my glass started sloshing around and my chair started moving away from desk, thought I was have a seizure or a dizzy spell. Crazy things happening lately


James Hutchison
said

It lasted about 3 minutes here in Burnstown (1 hr west of Ottawa...)


St. Clair Shake
said

Watching Sandie's coverage of the quake on TV. We are in Corunna, ON, about 15 km south of Sarnia, on the St. Clair River. We felt it here too! Brought back memories of living in Japan.


Ia
said

Woow! I felt it in Montreal!!! it was about 10 seconds but I thought it was because of rennovation in our buliding. Scary... 2012 on his way:(


Ex Coelis
said

I've been in a LAV when it was hit with RPG fire and rolled off the road but it definitely wasn't as spooky as this 5.5 earthquake...


Hawk
said

I was justgetting on the bus at st laurent mall when it hit and it knocked out several street lights from the mall to mcarthur ave and several schools were emptied out for a short period of time.


James
said

It actually lasted about 3 minutes... I live 1 hr west of Ottawa in Burnstown


Cheryl
said

We felt the quake here in Porcupine, On, just outside of Timmins,On. We started swaying in our chairs, the two cups hanging on a rack started moving back & forth and the kitchen door was moving on it's own. It happened around 1:40 and lasted about 15 seconds.


tom reid
said

people I work with in CLEVELAND felt it too,lakeside and 58th there was evacuation occuring yet where my actual office in CLEVELAND IS,just 10 mintue drive away nothing was felt!!
My house shook and walls creaked as I fled from my office where I was working


Mrs Crew
said

Hi I i am in Chatham Kent and I also felt the earth Quack here it lasted almost 8 to 10 seconds..


steve
said

Felt it here in Pembroke, it shook twice 1 for about 5 seconds, then another for about 45 seconds to a min, thought the transport truck outside hit the hardware store.


shannoin jones
said

Felt it up in newmarket!


Cheryl Venditti
said

I felt the quake in my 5th floor apartment in Welland Ontario. I thought I was imagining it at first. Even my dogs were scared


zafar
said

im sittting in my office and i feel thar my chair and whone building r shaking all of a sudden i go out and i saw all peoples r out


JoJo
said

I live in Oakville, ON. Just 30 mins outside of Toronto. I NEVER felt an earthquake. Although, my family in Sault Ste. Marie said they felt it and it lasted about a minute.


Kayla Petts
said

Buildings were shaking and things fell off the shelves in Port Perry. Definitely scares you a bit.


Sue Fritsch
said

I live in Azila, 10k north of Sudbury and my whole house shook. My dishes were rattling. I thought it was a big explosion at the mine.


Ashley Jessup
said

My husband and I live in an apartment building in Ottawa and it was scary!!! our big mirror on the wall was swinging and I headed for where our china was to make sure everything was ok. I am sure my legs were shaking as well for 15 seconds after. :S


DaveE
said

I think it was caused by a G8 and G20 conspiracy. We all need to go to Toronto and protest earthquakes!


Bob Lafrance
said

I live in Barrie, while watching the president my hutch started shaking, i then noticed my ceiling fan swaying side to side. I jumped up to turn it off then realized the floor was shaking. All of a sudden nothing.


Sumreenah Farrukh
said

Hi, I live in Mississauga, and I clearly felt the earthquake, and to make sure I poured some water in a glass and put in on a flat surface, and as soon as I saw the water movement I grabbed my cell phone and ran outside on street from my town house, but came back after couple of minutes when I saw no one else on streets.... I was expecting more people out.... and after 5, 10 minutes I called my husband to say I felt a tremor, and he lightly dismissed it by saying, it must be the wind, we live in house of wood =P hehe.... it was scary though...


Brett
said

It was definately felt here. I know people in Oshawa, and they said displays in their store fell.


Myles McGarry
said

A friend of my roommate's and I were sitting and/or standing in the living room with the quake hit. Right away I knew what it was and estimated it to be about a 4 to 5 on the Richter scale. It gave us a good bit of a scare at first, but then it was gone after about 15 to 20 seconds.


Bill Scarborough
said

when I felt the shaking, it brought back memories of when I was in Santiago when I was woken up from my sleep by the earthquake there. multiply this shake rattle and roll a thousand times and thats what it was like there.... I didn't hear the loud thundering rumble noise here like I heard there....deja vu


Anne
said

I was home alone just having a late lunch when I felt the sensation of the quake. I didn't know what it was at first but once I realized what was happening, I went to the wine cellar. I figured that was just as good a place as any to ride things out. It didn't last long enough to grab the cork screw!


NEIVA ALVES
said

AT ABOUT 1:40 IN THE AFTERNOON ME AND MY HUSBAND WERE IN OUR LIVING ROOM IN AN 8 FLOORS BUILDING IN OSHAWA WE LIVE ON THE 6th FLOOR. WE FELT OUR BUILDING SHAKING MY HUSBAND SAID WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?
WE THOUGHT IT WAS SOME KIND OF CONSTRUCTION TRUCK OR SOMETHING ELSE, UNTIL WE REALIZED THAT WAS AN EARTH QUAKE CAUSE THE WATER BOTTLE ON THE COOLER WAS SHAKING. AFTER WE FELT LIKE WE HAVE UPSET STOMACH. IT LASTED FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS OR SO. THIS WAS OUR FIRST QUAKE IN OUR LIVES IT'S SCARED.


Montrealais
said

We felt it over here in Montreal too. There were 2 distinct tremors. I live on the 11th floor and was sitting on my computer chair and all of a sudden I felt it moving and the floor started shaking like water then a second less intense tremor started after. It was a bit surreal!


Rachael
said

Not going to lie, didn't feel a thing here in London, ON. Hope everyone is ok though. Sounds pretty scary.


Jo
said

We also felt it in Peterborough. The entire building shook. It's my second one as my first was when I was in California one year. Wow, as others have said it gives us a very small taste of what other places experience on a much larger and devastating scale!


Annie Aroutunian
said

I was asleep when it happened and immidiately felt that it was an earthquake when my bed started moving. IT WAS NOT FUN!!!


clane
said

I thought the leafs won the cup and the world was coming to an end..


todd fountain
said

I live in Timmins Ontario, and we felt it too. The house was rattling like a truck going by and the house was swaying very gently back and forth. I thought at first it was a mine blast.


Emilie Gibeault
said

I'm from Cornwall Ontario and I felt it when I was in my basement. The first thing I thought of was that it was an earthquake, but that was because I had just watched 2012. Then I thought of a large truck passing on the road, but it couldn't of made that big of a difference of what I felt. But then my dog started barking and I heard some glasses being moved, so I was about to go outside and maybe call for help but then it stopped. I have never actually lived or been through something so close to where I could of been, since I am only 13.


Kelly Rego
said

I live just east of Ottawa, near Cumberland which is thought to be the closest residential area to the earthquake, and while taking a nap I awoke to wonder if my newly constructed house was falling into a sinkhole, a very scary experience!


jake
said

Yes...the earthquake was felt in Huntsville...perhaps not outside but definitely in the older buildings it was felt. Not sure where Sgt.Pierre was but it everyone in buildings along with main street felt it.


Michael
said

Earthquake was felt in North Bay, ON


Lp
said

We felt it here in Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario)Hope no one was hurt


Dixie Fernandes
said

Well, I live in Leamington Ontario and I can tell you that at approximately 2:30pm I felt the whole floor moving underneath me. I didn't know what it was and passed it off as being over tired, but then I felt it a second time within seconds of the first one. I still felt that maybe it was me not feeling well and then heard the news! We just had a devastating tornado here on June 6th and now feel this earthquake,certainly makes you wonder what is happening to our world!!


Ann Malone
said

I was at home in Ottawa, when items started flying off the shelves, plants were falling over, my cup of tea was knocked over, paintings were knocked askew in every room of the house. You could see the whole house literally shaking back and forth. Pretty scary. It was like someone had picked the house up and was given it a good shake!!


Dino Hernandez
said

you guys that mantion the G20 has something to do with the quake , even as a joke. Let me just say this you are a bunch of idiots with no comnon sense ... no one should make fun of earthquakes. specially when you haven't not lost a family member due to one


Dave Lucas Ottawa
said

I was in the auditorium at my daughter's Graduation ceremony and the school shook for about 5-6 seconds and it felt and sounded like the ceiling was about to fall in. Everybody got up and some even ran out the emergency exits. Very disturbing. Not the GRAD that is but the Earthquake.


Paul Pothier
said

I'm in Orleans (feet from Cumberland) and it was wild! There was a low rumble followed by an increase in rumble strength to the point the house began to shake. At that point I knew it wasn't a truck - I thought briefly it was a gas pipe rupturing. The neighbors pool was wild too! Everyone was fine when we checked on the neighbors - cell and landline service was interrupted


Melanie Knebel
said

We are located in Buckingham QC. The earthquake lasted maybe 20 seconds and my hole house was shaking. I was lucky enough not to have any damage to my home other then a fallen picture frame. A friend of mine in the area had a few dishes in her buffet break but other then that all is now quiet here. When the quake hit it was a loud rumble and yes my house did shake back and forth. Everything seems back to normal here in Buckingham. It's kinda like nothing happened.


Tara Fitzsimmons
said

I live in Cumberland,Ontario, That was the scariest Quake I've EVER felt! I had my 3 month old in my arms and I didn't know where to go,so I just ran down to my basement!


Ann Johnson
said

I was sitting watching a soap and felt my chair sort of vibrate. I looked around but didn't see anything moving. It was a very strange sensation. Didn't even realize it was an earthquake until I got online and checked the news.


Erin
said

I was in my room on the computer and everything began to shake. Even my chair I was on was moving, I thought it was construction. My pets went crazy although, I have to say it was a very fun experience. I live in Georgetown Ontario.


WTE
said

I was in my basement, when I thought that a large truck was going by. I stood up to go see what was making the strange sound, and then my house started to shake.


Ann Johnson
said

Ann, Niagara Falls, Ontario: I was sitting in my den watching tv when I felt my chair vibrate. Really funny sensation for about 30 seconds or so. Didn't even think of it being an earhquake until I checked the news online. Little unsettling.


Cindy
said

Felt the Earthquake here in Temiskaming shores Ontario!! Felt like a transport driving by!


neeky
said

i'm in Fergus Ontario. i was sitting in my bedroom and the futon started creaking. i thought it was a truck or something and then a few books fell off my book shelf. my grandmother thought i was crazy!


Courtney Tucker
said

I'm here in Ottawa on vacation, and come from Nova Scotia. My boyfriend was at work when this started, so I was alone in the apartment. At first, I thought that there was some maintenance going on on the lower floors, but then everything started shaking. By that time, I was too scared to get up and leave. I miss Nova Scotia. =(


stellarcookie
said

I am in Sault Ste Marie, felt AND sounded like a large truck driving by, I thought it was unusual for this time of day


Monique, Ottawa
said

The windows seemed to be flapping in and out, the walls were shaking, people started panicking. Once our 23 floor tower started to shake we immediately evacuated. I have never experienced an earthquake before and was shocked when it hit. What was more unreal was seeing tens of thousands of people evacuated into the streets of downtown Ottawa, an unbelievable experience.


Heather
said

I live in Sturgeon Falls and my whole house shock i thought it was a train at first but after a few seconds i realized it was an earthquake. This is the first time that i felt an earthquake. My cat is still hiding.


Tatiana
said

I felt the quake in Montreal, Quebec


Brett
said

I live in Sudbury and although I did feel a bit of shaking, I didn't think anything of it. I used to live near a mine, so shaking from blasts and the occasional rock burst is something I'm used to. It was only until I turned on the news that I discovered it was something different.


Dianne
said

I live in Hamilton Ontario Mountain. And my animals started going crazy. I felt a rumble through the house. My pictures and plates were shaking. One plate fell off the wall. It only happened for less than a minute and I didn't know what was going on. But I knew my animals knew something......scary


Becky
said

I'm in Guelph, ON. I was sitting on my couch & felt the couch move. I thought I was imagining it. I found out almost an hour later it was an earthquake.


Ronald.Eamer
said

Earthquake felt here in Tadoussac Que.


happy
said

It was a 5.5 and the epicentre was in Buckingham, Quebec and as I live in Alexandria, Ontario which is nearly on the Ontario/Quebec border I definitely felt it give the house a good shake and I heard the roar. Very noisy. No damage thankfully.


Rodney B
said

WOW i live in Windsor ON 7th floor on Riverside Dr and standing up i felt my building rock and my rocking chair was moving back and forth for a shot while others on my floor and higher felt the same.


Sandra from Montreal
said

I felt it from here too and I'm in Montreal. Wasn't that big but very noticeable.


jimminyhoffa
said

Pretty good rattle in Waterloo!


nathalie
said

here in almonte it was WICKED, a few pictures (light ones) fell off the walls, windows rattled, the dog went nuts and my son and his school are all ok ... hope i never have to go thru that again. of to put my dishes and pictures back where the belong. :)


Rose from Cumberland
said

I was in bed when it started. I knew right away that it was an earthquake because I had experienced a signifigant one in Richmond (just south of Vancouver), BC. My concern for my brother made me keep yelling for him to get inside a door frame, as I was doing the same. I saw he was wondering around in a daze until it was over.


brian
said

We can now say that Toronto and Ottawa finally rock !
Look for a warning about the tsunami coming from the G20 artificial lake in Toronto


Erin Hibberd
said

I was in the living room of my parents home when suddenly I felt a rumbling..Initially I thought it was the familiar sound of the train passing close by. I soon realized it was much too loud and felt too close to be the train. An earthquake was certainly upon us!After quickly surveying my situation of rattling china cabinets, paintings and furniture, I sprang from my seat to the nearest door way trying to gather my panicked dogs along the way. I rested there for a moment then my thoughts went to my 63 year old Father and his friend outside working on the roof of the gazebo.I ran out back to find both of them sitting on the roof with fingernails dug into the shingles! Everyone is fine. :0)They reported hearing a cracking sound.


medical18
said

All of the teachers on the third floor of our building felt the tremors and saw items in their classrooms shaking!!


Janet
said

I'm in Ottawa, and I was just watching tv in my basement when it hit. I had just muted the television when it happened and even though the major part of the quake was roughly twenty seconds, the ground didn't stop moving for about a minute. The vibrations were very minor, but it just seemed to keep going.


Chris
said

Any have any cat remover for my ceiling?


Ayman Alharbi
said

OMG. I'm an international student her in Canada. I'm living in St. Catharines and when the earthquake start I asked my wife did you fell somtheing she told me that you maybe dizzy because you didn't drink your arabic coffee :)This is first time for my family & I. what a strange way to start your day :)


Rhiannon
said

I am 13 and I live in Waterloo , Ontario, but I am just off of Montreal for a vacation with my family. We were in the Kitchen, and the floor started shaking , like there was a subway or something going underneath us. My mom came running in asking what it was and at first we thought it was the dishwasher or the dryer , but then we thought that it was vibrating too much for those things ! So we ran outside and there were other people (who were staying at the same resort) outside and they were all talking and some were yelling "EARTHQUAKE ! ". It lasted about 20 seconds , and we are all the way out in Montreal !!


marguerite
said

I live in the village of Lafontaine on Georgian Bay, near Penetanguishene. I experienced a quake about 80 years ago; I was sleeping & my bed started to shake, I thought it was my kid-brother, Henri who was hiding under my bed & trying to scare me; when I looked, there was no one under my bed & I started to scream. My mother came & told me that it wasan earthquake -this was a new word & a new experience, which I will never forget.


Cynlee
said

Was sitting at my computer; didn't feel a thing.


Danielle
said

I just spoke with someone in Huntsville who very much felt the earthquake and sent her fleeing from her office. She is right near where the G8 is. Nice cover up by the OPP officer.


Lori Hoddinott
said

We are 65km north of downtown Ottawa, in Arnprior. The house was heaving up and down more than it was shaking side to side and it was very loud. We ran outside and our trucks were bouncing up and down in the driveway. We actually felt 2 different quakes, the first one was about 10 seconds then there seemed to be a pause of a couple seconds and then another 10 seconds of it. The second 'wave' was certainly much stronger it seemed.


ontairo
said

i felt it in Brampton Ontario


Jena
said

I am wondering about whether there is a requirement for landlords to inspect their rental buildings after an earthquake. I live in a high rise and have no idea if my landlord has any responsibility to ensure the safety of the building. When I called and asked management seems dismissive of even the idea.


Melanie Knebel
said

Sandie was just asking about the cell phone access. I am located in Buckingham QC and I had no cell phone from 1:45 until about 2:30. Now I trying to call my husband who is in Hamilton and I can seem to get thru to his phone.


Diane
said

My husband had called me from Algoma Steel (Essar), telling me he thought there was an explosion or something there, that dust was falling. Later I was on my computer, and felt my chair moving. I was thinking that something happened at Essar Steel or I had vertigo from a new medication. When on Facebook, many people from Sault Ste. Marie had posted something. I then turned on the news and found out what happened. I called my husband to let him know that nothing exploded at Essar Steel. Thank God nothing happened at Essar Center and everyone is safe.


Stefanie
said

Downtown Toronto, it was felt! But apparently only by those in buildings...people on the street seemed to just carry on! We actually thought it was a bomb going off downtown because of the G20...bad timing for an earthquake! Really freaked us out!


KJ in Kingston Ontario
said

Cans knocked to the floor -- how will we ever recover! I guess they will have to raise the HST to 16% and create a recovery fund......


Ann Fenderson
said

I live in St. Paul de L'Ile-aux-Noix, QC (about 15 km from the NY/VT border) and felt the quake here too. I was laying down and the bed and lamp swayed back and forth for probably 6 seconds and then less perceptibly so for another 3 or 4 seconds.


d. ripley
said

Sgt. Pierre Chamberland from the Huntsville OPP is wrong. I'm less than 1km south of Huntsville and my desk and computer were shaking quite noticably and the mechanics working on the floor felt the ground tremble under the concrete floor so I don't know were the Sgt was standing when the earthquake struck


tammy
said

i felt it in my living room i live in montreal lasted about a min or two shook my house and lamps


Andy Zabchuk
said

I was standing in front of a chip wagon getting my snack when the quake rattled my feet. There is a condo under construction behind this vehicle and I thought that perhaps they were still blasting, but was told there hadnt been anything going on for about a week. Shortly after, the school immediately behind me was evacuated and the young students were ushered out into the play area. Also, on the other side of the street I noticed a large number of employees who worked in a printing establishment had exited their building and were mingling on the front lawn. A friend of mine received a call from his wife who lives in Gatineau on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. She was in tears because apparently the shock was so intense that many of her dishes were ejected from her cabinet and smashed on the floor. I also live in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau and upon calling home was pleased to hear that no damage happened but that the quake had woken my son and he rapidly ran upstairs from the basement.


CB
said

OK, someone needs to check their geography before they write an article. The GTA is not "central" Canada! That would be closer to Winnipeg!


Doug
said

To 'Enviornmentalist': This quake has nothing to do with the oil usage or the 'global warming' myth....it is simply the earth responding normally....I grew up in Ottawa and have experienced more minor quakes...scary! I hope and pray that everyone is OK and the damage is minor. I too, chuckle at the comments about the 'fake G8 lake' forming a tsunami....wouldn't that make the global news flutter!


Jana
said

I am a teacher at Markham school, in Ontario. I was working in the Libray when I felt the earthquake. As I have experienced one in the 80s in Toronto, I realized what it was. I went into a few classrooms to check if the students felt it too and was greeted with statements like, "so I am not crazy; it was an earthquake" and "I told you so..."Very exciting!"


Erin
said

I was in the living room of my parents home in Ottawa when suddenly I felt a rumbling..Initially I thought it was the familiar sound of the train passing close by. I soon realized it was much too loud and felt too close to be the train. An earthquake was certainly upon us!After quickly surveying my situation of rattling china cabinets, paintings and furniture, I sprang from my seat to the nearest door way trying to gather my panicked dogs along the way.I rested there for a moment then my thoughts went to my 63 year old Father and his friend outside working on the roof of the gazebo.I ran out back to find both of them sitting on the roof with fingernails dug into the shingles! Everyone is fine. :0)They reported hearing a cracking sound.


Barrie resident
said

We felt it in Barrie, Ontario. It didn't last long, but you sure knew what it was.


Yaz and Rae
said

me and my friend live in North Bay Ont, we were swimming in Rae's pool so we didn't feel the earthquake. we got a call from her aunt saying there was an earthquake and ever scene we have been watching the news.


Jason
said

Alright..... the PM didn't feel the quake...... how could someone who has his head in the sand most of the time not feel the earth move around it?????


Craig - Oakville
said

G20 security must have enjoyed watching everyone running out into the streets of Toronto from thier high rise buildings all at once .


Christal
said

I'm in Kanata (Ottawa west end) and was at home. It didn't feel like that big of a shake although the windows were rattling. It was mostly just loud for about 10-15 seconds sounding like a large transport was driving down the street, but then petered out.Cell phones were out here for a bit probably because the networks were overwhelmed from everybody calling and texting family and friends all at the same time.I'm watching the news and hearing people talking about their buildings swaying, which they are built to do, especially tall ones to allow them to stay standing during an earthquake. Good advice from Sandi to either get out of the building and away from potentially falling trees, structures or breaking glass, or if that's not possible, get into a sturdy interior doorway or under a desk or table.I remember an earthquake in 1983 in Ottawa with the epicenter in North Gower that felt quite strong. People had plates falling from shelves, lamps falling, and windows shaking, but it was slightly smaller than this one at about 4.5 or something. We've had several smaller quakes since then because as I understand it we are on or near a fault here, but luckily not a major one. :)


Louise
said

At approx. 2 pm I was watching tv in my basement in Callander ON and I thought a big dump truck was arriving in my driveway. I then realized what it was!!!!!


Not my Fault
said

Marion inthe Creek: There is a fault line in Ontario. I think they call it Toronto.


Harry van Vught
said

I felt it in Cameron Ontario It felt like a vibration of some heavy machine. I thought it was my wife's sewing machine but louder.Harry V.V.


Carolynn
said

It was eye opening to me to be on the Internet and within 2 minutes after the quake we had pieced together its strength, location, and how far reaching it was felt.....LONG before any official news report! Long gone are the days we needed the news media to tell US what was happening in the world...now we tell each other!


Andrew in Dundas, Ontario
said

I thought someone had broken into my house. I was watching TV in my living room when my floor started shaking and squeeking! My chandelier started to rattle... It felt/sounded like someone was jumping on my floor and kicking my walls. ... pretty sweet


Sandy M
said

I felt it here in London as well. I was on the phone with my friend when my couch started shaking. She suggested perhaps it was a truck, but when I got up to peek out the window, I said "No, but my floor is shaking too...yours isn't?" She is just up the road from me and didn't feel it, and neither did my oldest son or husband who were in the lower level of the house. I realized it was an earthquake after reading my friends' status updates on Facebook. The earth is an amazing and scary place! ;)


Helen
said

I was sitting at my desk and my chair was vibrating as well as the floor under my feet. What a weird sensation. I turned around to see if someone was behind me but no one was there.


Lori
said

I felt the earthquake, and I am in PICTON on..(on lake ontario, south of Belleville and Kingston), chair vibrating, floor shaking!.....strangest feeling...all is ok.


Kitty
said

We felt it here in London, Ontario. I was working on my computer on the 7th floor of the University building here and suddenly things seemed to shake, then spin, then a faint blur. I thought it was me ... dehydration or stroke. But, no, it was the 5.0 magnitude earthquake in Quebec.


Chantal
said

I work in the Market in downtown Ottawa and it really shook. There was a boom like sound and we had to evacuate the building. I don't remember feeling a quake this big before. Scary!


Mau
said

It was felt in Georgetown, Ontario as well. I felt the floor vibrate and the bookshelf and contents were shaking. I could hear a quiet rumble as this was happening.


Tracy Stagg
said

A friend and i were in her apartment here in North Bay on the third floor when the earthquake happened.
I was in the kitchen about 2ft away from the table and my friend was in the doorway to the kitchen when suddenly both our wheelchairs started to shake and a few things feel around us.
I knew what happened right away because i saw my friends water bottle shaking on the table with noone near it.
My friend has seizures so i looked at her and calmly said, "Andrea, We are having an earthquake."
I called my parents in Sturgeon Falls and the only thing that happened there was their china cabinet rattled.
Andrea called her parents in Bonfield and they never felt a thing.
The computers at Canadore College shook.


Craig
said

Azilda, Ontario I felt my couch shaking and plants moving in my living room for about 10 seconds I thought tere was blasting going on in the area.


Stilborn Brian, Whitby
said

Thank goodness it was an earthquake, I thought I had one too many beers at lunchtime!


From Gatineau, QC
said

wow! 1:41 p.m. felt it. heard it first. initially loud as a truck was going by, but soon it was much, much louder. I live about 1000 ft from the ottawa river, on the Gatineau side.-shaking lasted 3 minutes. -the very strong shaking was about one minute with the noise-then I felt the shaking dwindling, to almost nothing, -and about the 3rd minute, it was stronger again, but only for about 10 seconds.I just happened to be walking to the kitchen, as it started, so I was looking at the clock.So I monitored the time. and listened to my plates as they rattled. (they were drying on a rack).


Jeanne
said

Happy no one was hurt. My brother was painting and he said the brush was moving by itself. That's a first. I panicked trampled all over the house to check everything with my shoes on now I have to wash all my floors. Thank You God no one was hurt. Live for the moment


Shaken not Stirred in Ont
said

ONTARIO is the centre of the universe. The politicians said so and look what happens.


Wade Price
said

Hello,Near St-Laurent-Michael St.(Ottawa) our four storey office building swayed quite briskly, we all left the building!I must commend my teenage daughter-babysitting her younger sister in Orleans. She sat on the kitchen floor with her littlesister (not knowing what to do!) all the while a few toppled decorative plates up on the cupboards! Mommy and Daddy proud of her!:O))Wade Price


Polar_Desire
said

I was talking to my Hubby on the phone and looking at my comp screen when for the fourth time, I got kicked off my msn because of losing connection, then the building started to shake and I felt really weird and nauseated...I was freaked and my hubby just kept saying calm down look out window to see if they are working on the road...some pics needed to be adjusted and I felt a little queasie for awhile but never gave any thought to it again until I was just told it was a 5.0 quake...cool, I think.


Steve Turner
said

You should live in BC. It's a natural happening. We get lots of "mini-shakes" -- they're calorie reduced. LOL


talo beck
said

i was at school in hanover ontario and then out of the blue i fell to the ground and then i relaised that there was an earth quake in ontario


jimmy hadjivassiliou
said

This afternoon I was sitting in my office at home and I heard a loud weird noise like a trackter was falling down my staircase and then my whole condo was trembling and my furniture was sort of vibratling for about 10 seconds. My phone line wasn't working for a while I then new it was an earthquake....kinda scary. Chomedey, Laval.


Maria Schonert
said

I think I am one of the very few people in Ottawa who missed it. I was in the car and did not feel anything. I remember the last one 4 years ago, and remember some people who were outside did not feel it.We did have one picture frame "walk" to the edge of a shelf, I could see the path it took in the dust.


William
said

I felt it in montreal was like a big truck was passing by


sabrina
said

i felt it at school today at about 1:45 i think so
very very scary cuzz i was outside playing ball, i fell



beverley ney
said

I live on 4th floor of a condo in (Briar Hill) Alliston and not only felt the building shake, but could actually see it sway as I looked out of my window. It seemed to last for a good minute or so, long enough for me to consider leaving the building.


Suzanne Anderson
said

I felt earthquake at Mac's Cedarest Trailer Park in Eganville. The cats freaked out.


Nathalie from Cumberland
said

We live in Cumberland. It was loud and it was scary. The house shook so much that I seriously didn't think the kids would have enough time to make it off the second floor before something bad would happen. Our 3 dogs, who would normally be running around excitedly at the sight of the 4 of us screaming and running out of the house, just ran to the back of the yard, sat there and didn't move! Outside, you could hear people screaming in the neighborhood. It was intense! We have since made amendments to our "fire escape plan" to include "earthquakes". Who knew!


RC
said

Toronto should be able to handle this...that city has had to cope with many disasters recently...a tornado, an earthquake, the Maple Leafs.


ron campbell of Brampton
said

Just a dress reheresal for the G8 and G20 in T.O. Convention Center when all the politicans are there.


William Hall
said

Hi...There was structural damage in Ottawa. We have been in a new house for a week. While I was on the phone with a client I watched in disbelief as 2 of my wife's decorative plates (1 older, 1 very new) toppled from their display perch in the dining room....smashing into hundreds of pieces. My new hardwood floor is dented...but what a story behind the damage!

NORTHERN ONTARIO
said

Our lamp, couch and babies play pen began to shake at 1:45 PM Eastern in South Porcupine which is just outside Timmins (5 Km) We thought a big truck was going to pass the house but it only took us a few seconds to figure out that it was an earthquake! It was about twenty minutes later we heard on the radio that the earthquake hit Ottawa area. Ottawa co-incidentally is about a 10 hour drive from here.Sure felt weird anyway. Thank goodness no damage no injuries..S


Pat
said

Just to let you know that we felt it here in Sudbury. Some buildings right downtown felt some shaking. In Levack , about one hour north they felt it pretty strongly.Pat


Rob Dworak
said

felt it in Mississauga. i was sitting outside for lunch break and thought i was getting dizzy. it detched a trailer off a parked truck too.


Jeff
said

hmmm! earth quake, g20 summit army helicopters in there air. just a coincidence hmm!!

man can manipulate mother nature.

all part of the NEW Wold Order. stand strong.


Mike
said

I was driving down Hunt Club Road at 80kph in Ottawa and suddenly the road was "rock and rolling" back and forth. lt was like driving inside deep zig zag grooves on the road while traveling at 80kph. At first I was angry thinking this is another road like Riverside Drive which needs repair until a friend called to advise we had been in an earthquake. Last time we had a earthquake quite like that was in 1983 when you could hear the groaning of the earth like described in book of Roman 8 of the bible. Sign of the times maybe? Significance to the to the G8/20 coming??


Rick
said

Sorry...must have been the beans I had last night!


Heath
said

you ladies and gents say 5.0 on the yahoo site they say 5.5 earthquake ???


annoyed
said

CB, Central canada includes ontario and quebec, maybe you need to open up an atlas before you comment on others "mistakes" that aren't mistakes to begin with


Karen Chudobiak
said

Hi, my name is Karen and I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario.I was lying in my bed at about 1:44 p.m. watching President Obama explaining that he fired General McChrystal for calling him a weenie when all of a sudden my bed started shaking. At first I thought that my cat, Kato, was on the bed scratching himself (you see Kato is a pretty chubby little guy and he actually does shake the bed when he scratches) but when I looked down at the bottom of the bed he wasn't there. I watched stunned for a bit at my body shaking back and forth on the bed when it occurred to me that this might be the work of a lazy poltergeist. This frightened me so I looked around my room to see if anything else was moving. I noticed that the fan on my end table was vibrating even though it wasn't plugged in and the stuff on my dresser was jiggling and making a tinkling noise. Right away I thought EARTHQUAKE and then I realized that this could also be the work of my lazy poltergeist (you see if I were to attract a poltergeist it stands to reason that it would be a lazy one as I'm pretty lazy myself). So, I thought I'd better call someone to see if they were feeling the same thing. I called my mother-in-law who lives about four blocks away from me and she informed me that she had felt nothing. Of course then my brother-in-law Bert piped up and announced that he had just farted and perhaps this was the cause. Now if you knew Bert you'd understand why I felt that this had some merit but I still felt that this warranted some further investigation. I figured my best bet was to turn on the news to see if they were reporting any unusual shaking and sure enough there was an earthquake this afternoon!!!So, thank you CTV. I now know that I can sleep well tonight with the knowledge that I will not be awakened by a ghost with no gumption or the beans that Bert had for dinner.

Alex
said

I was working in center Ottawa in a 7th. floor and everything started moving. We left the building by the stairs and the whole people was in the street. There were sirens everywhere and a lot of firemen trucks going around.


Susann
said

I felt it here in St. Catharines, Ontario . . . I was working at my desk when the chair started shaking and vibrating for about 30 seconds. I knew that it was at the very least a tremor. Susann


rick
said

Earthquake in Toronto on the eve of G8/20, send billions, urgent.


Alice in Windsor
said

I live in an apartment on 9th floor down by the river, and I could feel a mild shake while I was setting at my computer between 2 and 2:30 PM


aquaair
said

Petawawa felt it pretty good too! It didn't take very long to realize what was going on! No damage done anyway around here, and still no aftershocks which is fine by me! Trying not to worry about the nukeplant up the road.. Anyone find out when the last time was that same same quake was felt in such a large radius of land? Just wondering..


Tim
said

Living in Los Angeles I called to check in on my family in Ottawa after this "little" shaker... USGS reported that the earthquake was downgraded to a 5.0 from 5.5 and released the same amount of energy as the Nagasaki atomic bomb about .5 kilotons. The 1994 Northridge quake in California which tore up my home in West LA was a 6.9 and released 168 kilotons of energy...and broke most of my beer mugs. Bummer.


Christal
said

I am laughing so hard at Maria's description of seeing her picture frame walking it's way through the dust to the edge of the shelf. I like Nathalie's post regarding her dogs reaction. If in doubt, watch what the animals do and do the same. Their built-in instict for self-preservation is a great guide. Having said that, my dog barely woke up during the quake and is still asleep in his crate. Apparently, this was a sleeper quake for us.


Bryan Smith
said

I'm from London, and I felt it here.


RC
said

Mark Holland has already started blaming this on the Conservatives


Crystal
said

I never felt a thing in Kapuskasing!


Winston
said

OAKVILLE JIGGLE:
I was working on my computer and it started to jiggle. Not much, but enough to know something had happened. Not more than 10 seconds!


Kate Bloom
said

I live in a small town of Madoc, ON and we just felt vibrations, but enough to wobble a few things, but you really notice something like that though.


Dar Wic
said

Its called the mighty Wrath of "Pat Quinn".... see what happens when he got fired..!!!!


ann hansen
said

I don't know how they could say the quake wasn't felt i n Huntsville where the G8 is being held because we felt if here in Bracebridge and I know for a fact that it was felt all around Muskoka.


Margaret
said

My husband and I felt it here in Englehart, ON. We were sitting at the table when we felt the house start shaking. It felt very strange, even though it lasted for only a few seconds.


mikey
said

wow reading these comments. you people are incredible... one little thing happens and you all freak out. GE A GRIP!


Daniel from Ottawa
said

I was working at a Wal-Mart here in Ottawa. At first I felt nothing but heard it rattle lightly in the roof. The sound it was making made me think that a powerful air conditioner had just started up, but the AC was already on. The sound seemed to come from the back of the store and progress to the front. Then the shaking hit me, which itself was rather quite strong and abrupt, rather than a slower increase in intensity, followed by a plateau, then a slow decrease. Ironically, it hit just as a customer was asking assistance, but as the quake was diminishing, the customer just shrugged it off and continued with her question, even as some stock was falling from shelves. The store was evacuated as a precaution, but it was after 3pm when we finally reopened our doors.


Cambob in Toronto
said

We must organize a Victims of TORONTO Earthquake telethon! We need Susan Saradon to host!. Millions of Toronto citizens have been devestated by this earthquake. It's unknown if the Toronto suburbs of Ottawa and Montreal were affected, but no one cares about them. Toronto needs your money Now!!! *Paid for by the Center of the Universe Foundation*


christal
said

Oh WOW, Gracefield PQ got hit pretty bad. Bridges and buildings collapsing. Quite a bit of damage. They are a bit closer to the epicenter. Any reports from there?


Laura L
said

This is funny, at last perhaps, divine intervention will stop the conservatives......they stink to high heaven.......stiff necked, lacking natural affection for the people, idolatrous (they worship themselves) yes it may have finally caught up with em! lololol and they fancy themselves the religious right.....scribes and pharisees all!


Jimmy in Ancaster
said

Hey, we felt it here in Ancaster, my glasses were jingling in the cupboards, but nothing major. No one was injured, I hope.


Mike
said

JUST IN: Earthquake caused a Tsunami in the G20 lake, several people wet and very upset. Stephen Harper has issued a state of emergency and as a result will spend another 1.2 Billion on paper towels.


Vanc Guy
said

Gods revenge for the Bloc trying to break up Canada! Just a warning!! Mon Du!


petedanewf
said

I live in Calgary ... we didn't feel it here.


Gail
said

We felt it in my hairdressers shop in Chapleau, Ontario. It felt like a huge truck was passing by or a train going by.


Tobby - Baie d'Urfe, Que
said

WHAT EARTHQUAKE!I live in the western portion of Montreal island, about 130 Km from the epicentre, and we did not feel a thing. Any neighbor within a radius of 1 Km that I have spoken to did not feel anything. Although the earth did move for friends 3 Km away.Can anyone come up with an explanation?I just heard that this tremor was felt in Pittsburgh. I feel that I have missed something.T.


Barry
said

Here in GlenCairn (west Ottawa) it started like the sound of an extremely heavy truck or army tank coming down the street. Then a roar and the whole house was shaking - quick and jerking - walls, floors and ceilings, as a lot of homes in this area are built on clay. So we got out quick, as did all the neighbours. Just a few things knocked off the shelves. It came fast and furious, lasting maybe 30 seconds. Then the power went out for about an hour.I can now imagine how scary ones bigger than 5.5 would be.I didn't realize the power of all that hot air coming out of the Parliament Buildings downtown...


Doug in Calgary
said

Its a wake up call to all of you in Ontario..Quit voting LIBERAL, then bad things will not happen to you.


Gary Bono
said

Nothing much exciting happens in T.O. So imagine a G20 summit AND an earthquake all in the same week!What's on tap for next week? F5 tornadoes?


Sharon PORTEOUS
said

Felt it in Espanola....70 kilometers West of Sudbury.


Clipped
said

I was in with my Dentist at the time getting a root canal and got a free vasectomy! Thanks Earthquake!


Tracy Anderson
said

...it says that earlier Tuesday a bridge collapsed...so did the bridge collapse yesterday? Or was it caused from todays earthquake?? Just wondering...thanks.


Chris from Scarborough
said

I was at home in Scarborough taking a shower and didn't notice a thing. I didn't even know there was one until some people at work told me about it.


Andrea
said

Had no notice, but felt it in Ottawa. It knocked off a few things off one my bookshelves.Just glad it wasn't a 7.5.


margaret cantwell
said

Margaret, DownsviewI was just getting settled in my be when it felt as if someone was under the bed shaking the mattress.We live on top of Black Creek.


B Mac
said

I was in an earthquake in B.C. in 1986 (5.7 magnatude). When it initialy hit, I was standing and felt a complete loss of equilibrium for a few moments before I realized what was happening. This could be a contributing factor in some people not making it out of buildings in a severe earthquake. Three years later when a distant earthquake struck in Alaska, I felt that same sensation again, and realized right away just what was happening. The kitchen lights swayed a few inches either way at that time. I turned on the news a few minutes later, and my suspicions were confirmed. I was wondering if anybody else felt a loss of equilibrium to some degree during this earthquake, it was definitely an experience that I won't forget and wouldn't want to go through again.


john
said

This earthquake could possibly be from HAARP aiming at Ottawa for a test run. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and it was right in the middle of the earthquake. We have earthquake detection and never saw this one coming.


unknown
said

I don't think this quake is such a big deal... Nobody was killed and compared to the past quakes that shook countries, crumbled cities and killed hundreds, we have nothing to complain about. The people of Haiti and Chile would love to be in our situation. Go back to work!!


pat
said

Read about HAARP, this might make you cock your head to the side.


Kassandra
said

There has been a lot of road construction going on for about a month on Lakeshore Rd. in Mississauga, where I live so the ground is always shaking when the diggers hit. I didn't notice anything unusual at the time but one of my cats threw up some water & foam. I did think it was unusual when I noticed there were no construction workers around when I went out at around 2pm though, but just thought they were taking cover in case thunderstorms rolled in. Maybe THEY felt something?


Alex
said

i thought there couldn't be any earth quake in quebec but i was wrong well i hope everyone is ok... i felt it in my house in southern Quebec and i didn't know it was this until now; an earth quake...


ShakinOttawa
said

Felt it big-time in Ottawa, in the west-end Chapters and the floor was moving and it felt like the ceiling was going to collapse...building was evacuated.....cell phones could not complete any calls - it was eerie...back home I was told that the cats freaked out.


Angad
said

Good reminder for us here in British Columbia! We should be ready for the big one now.


Ms. Hari
said

I was in my class and I felt it too. But ,as the students were practicing drums thought it was just the vibration.


Laura
said

I am a teacher in Woodstock... I heard it... didn't feel it. It sounded like really weird thunder... then another teacher came back in 10 minutes later to tell me it'd been an Earthquake!! CRAZY!!!


FreakAlert
said

Nicola Tesla claimed he could split the earth in half'; this being a hundred years ago. .China. Japan. Italy. Iran. Did Canada just get a little warning?


Teresa Perfrement
said

I was lying on my bed reading,"Buddy, what are you doing under the bed?!", I thought our Jack Russell Terrier was shaking me! "What are you doing, the whole house is shaking?!", Walt exclaimed as the shaking continued. "Must be an earthquake; better note the time.", I laughed. Not so funny now...and we live in Kincardine, Ontario...on the shore of Lake Huron!


Greg
said

Wait until 2012. This was just a baby quake.


Kyra Moreau
said

That earthquake was definetly not life threatening or anything but it sure was scarey. I live in Niagra Falls ontario, and I was in school when the earthquake occured. I thought I was getting dizzy and then my teacher walked in and announced that an earthquake just occured .when I heard that i was kind of shocked and scared in the thought I was just in an earhquake!


average joe
said

the geographic 'center' of Canada is Manitoba.. not Ontario & Quebec, which are part of eastern Canada.


Victoria
said

Were in London ont. never felt anything, we was also shopping the time at grocery store..


natalie boyd
said

i felt it around 1:45pm this afternoon in kincardine :O i was officcallly scaredd


Robere
said

I feel di eart quake to. i liv here in Calgary.


Sharron
said

Noted it was reported that the earthquake was in "Central" Canada. The middle of Canada is just East of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Central pertains to the political power of Canada.


Ross from GTA
said

WARNING!!!!! WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!!!I heard because of the aftershock there is a Tsunami warning in the fake lake at the G20!!!! Everyone runnnn!!!!!


jan
said

sitting at the kitchen table in new liskeard, ontario looking at recipes when i felt the floor rolling under me, the chair and table also moved. i knew immediately it was an earthquake, felt one 22 years ago when i lived in timmins. got up quickly and ran out the door onto my deck which was shaking. it last for 30 or so seconds.


Marie in Mississauga.
said

I was taking a nap when I felt someone bounce the bed beside me. I was home by myself and being half asleep I thought I was having a ghostly experience for a split second. Then when I started to be more rational, I was frightened that the room was vibrating because of some kind of G20 related protest or incident. An earthquake was the last thing I thought it was since they are rare in Ontario. This G20 summit being held so close to home has me very on edge.


Dave in Downtown Newington....
said

So that's what an earthquake feels like......How much longer do we all have to stand in our back-yards waiting for all those helicopters to show up with big boxes of free food and bottled water?I'm giving them another half hour, then I,m going back in the house to have a beer and watch CSI


Marianne Regimbal
said

Marian from Casselman Ontario. Just talking on the phone with my friend from St-Bruno, Qc. when i said I can't hear you because of the trucks passing by then that's when the room down stairs just started vibrating the furniture.... I said that's it I'm out of here and it didn't take long to get outside, a few seconds later she said O My God i feel it also. Now I have been threw 2 earthquakes. This one and one in St-Basile-Le-Grand, Qc in November 1988.


Alberta Boy
said

Gosh darn it I guess Quebec is serious about splitting away from Canada. Maybe what saved them is all the Blocks holding them up!!!!!!


PAPER DRAGON
said

They were aiming for the CN Tower. They are really pissed off because it didn't comedown. They NEVER got paid for the job. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME. DID YOU SAY SENSATIONALISM ???


Lisa
said

I live in Delhi, Ontario and I was sitting by the pool when my chair started moving and I looked at the pool and the water looked like it was jumping around. Thought I was seeing things untill I seen the news report ! Wow never felt anything like it !


emily
said

many of my friends say they felt the ground shake a lil in lodi ohio


ken
said

i felt it here in mckerrow at around 1:42p.m.
my house shook for about 20-25 seconds. did not cause any damage orther than a cracked window


Kristopher in Ottawa
said

I absolutely adore how no matter what the story, there is ALWAYS people leaving comments about the government and politicans, and how terrible they are. You sound riddiculous! Go to work, or take up a hobby.


Dark_shark
said

We felt in it down town Hamilton as well .. enough that the chair was moving and the computer screens were shaking moderately


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