5.0 Magnitude earthquake shook Toronto, Ottawa, Michigan and other area

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On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 a Canada earthquake shook Toronto and Ottawa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time. According to the USGS reports, the quake had a magnitude of 5.0, which was centered on the Ontario-Quebec border, cracked plaster in Cleveland and caused buildings to sway gently in Cincinnati. Tremors of this earthquake were also felt in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

5.0 Magnitude earthquake shook Toronto, Ottawa, michigan and other area

5.0 Magnitude earthquake shook Toronto, Ottawa, michigan and other area

Homes as well as business building were shaking in the states of Michigan, New York and Vermont as well as in Toronto. There were no reports of any injuries or damages will be received. The USGS also released a report and told that the quake happened at a depth of around 12 miles. The earthquake in Canada was also felt in other parts of Canada as well as American states and cities like Ottawa earthquake, earthquake Rochester NY, Cleveland earthquake and Buffalo Earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 85 kilometers north of Ottawa, near Buckingham, Quebec, about 480 miles from Port Huron. It’s about 360 miles from Buffalo, N.Y. and about 220 miles from Syracuse, N.Y.

The quake lasted for about 30 seconds in Canada. In southern Kent County, Alan Aho, an employee at Foremost Insurance headquarters in Caledonia, said tremors prompted all the employees in their office to stand up and take notice. The National Weather Service says it believes there was an earthquake. It was confirmed by the United States Geological Survey as a magnitude-5.5 earthquake epicentered just north of Ottawa, Canada. An earthquake of that magnitude on the Richter scale is classified as moderate and can result in “slight damage to buildings and other structures.” Earthquakes in Michigan are relatively uncommon.

5.0 Magnitude earthquake shook Toronto, Ottawa, michigan and other area

Mayor Pat Lepore said a medical and office building at 1130 McBride Ave. in Woodland Park was evacuated after police received a call around 1:50 p.m. reporting that the building was trembling. Lepore said the building would be examined by a structural engineer and the borough’s code enforcement office before employees and patients would be permitted to return. Lepore said it was not clear how badly the building shook, only that “it shook enough that it got everyone’s attention.”

WNED reports Rich Briggs, a research geologist at the United States Geological Survey in Colorado, stated, “There was an earthquake up in the Western Quebec seismic zone which runs in a band right along the border just north of Ottawa and it looks like it was widely felt. The shaking seems to have affected a pretty broad area.”

David French, 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, New York, said he was at his computer inside his home near Syracuse when he felt his chair shake. “I thought the chair was breaking or something,” he said. “I looked over and my filing cabinet was moving.” “A little shake, nothing too big,” is how Trooper Mark Revette described the temblor. “It happens. We get a couple of these a year.” Kellie Tassone, 40, was at home on Oneida Lake in Cicero. “My dog picked his head up just before it happened and kind of looked at me,” she said. Then the sliding door started to rattle “and the house was shaking.”

A seismologist from Lakeland Community College, Michael Hansen from the Ohio Seismic Network and David Pierce, confirm that about 1:41 p.m. today there was a “larger than normal earthquake in Northeast Ohio” – a 5.0 magnitude — and seismologists are in the process of triangulating to establish exactly where the earthquake was centered near the Canadian border near Ontario. The USGS downgraded the 5.5 magnitude earthquake to a 5.0 magnitude earthquake on the Ontario/Quebec border at 3 p.m. The eastern earthquake could be felt as far away as 300 miles from where it happened and sometimes cause damage as far away as 25 miles.

Video of Earthquake in Gatineau Quebec Canada June 23/10 1:45 pm from YouTube:

Video of Toronto Earthquake-June 2010 from YouTube:

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