They tell me that we, in Southern Ontario, just had an earthquake. A 5.5 earthquake for that matter! The center of it was just north of Ottawa but people as far south as Hamilton are telling me that they felt it.
The first tremor hit at 1:40 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Buildings in Toronto and Ottawa were evacuated in the minutes following the tremors.
“Earthquakes across eastern Canada are definitely rare but we do have them,” said Johanna Wagstaffe, a CBC seismologist and meteorologist. “There are small fault lines along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. There is a relatively active fault line that runs parallel to the St. Lawrence Valley. It’s about 1,000 kilometres long.” The last major earthquake we saw on that fault line was a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in 1998, she said.
The last 5.5 earthquake I felt was in 1996 in White Rock, BC. The earthquake happened around the Seattle area. I was packing up my bridal shower items and was talking with my Mom in their living room. Their house swayed a bit and my Mom’s china cabinet shook. I heard the glasses hitting each other ever so slightly. My parents live on the side of a hill, over 1/2 of their house over hangs the hill, built on stilts. I think the word is Cantilever. Where do you go to hide in a place like that?!
So to all of you out there that live in this region… did you feel it?!
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