Earthquake in Toronto and beyond

Well it does appear that minor shaking that was felt about 20 min or so ago wasn’t just confined to here in the Beach area of Toronto or just toronto itself, but other parts of Ontario and maybe even further, if what I am reading on twitter is accurate – still waiting for the official word to confirm what happened, but well know shortly I am sure.

Update 5.5 EarthQuake hits part of Canada and US – so from what I see from the Globe that quake originated in Quebec and was felt from there on out.

From the Natural Resources Canada Earthquake information page we currently get the following posting from their site … “June 23 1:45 pm Eastern Time – A moderate earthquake has occurred in the Ottawa-Montreal region. More information to follow”

From CBC we learn 5.5-magnitude tremor is first on ‘fault line’ since 1998.

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June 23, 2010 – The City of Toronto Earthquake

In our initial assessment, there has been no major damage to City infrastructure. Further investigations are taking place to confirm. The Toronto Transit Commission and Transportation Services have reported that there has been no damage to their infrastructure or interruptions to service.

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre is up and running in preparation for the G20 so the City is uniquely prepared to respond to the event. We will continue to monitor the situation and will report as necessary.

Residents should follow the instructions of their building management.

The City has received no calls concerning bridge, building or other infrastructure problems.

While not applicable to this event, in future, should there be a major or more serious earthquake:

Residents should stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls. DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
If outdoors – stay there. Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.
If in a moving vehicle, stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires
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Quebec Earthquake June 23rd 2010

It was interesting to feel the quake as it hit, hubby didn’t know what to make of it at first since he’s never felt one in his life – he is more use to dealing with Tornados going though and landing close by then he is feeling the shaking from a earth quake – go figure. I’ve experienced both and to me the Tornado is way worse then the shaking, then again I’ve never been though a major quake like many in parts of the US have – just the few that we’ve had around here tis all.

The thing is before the quake hit my birds where screaming their heads off for a good bit before it happened, we took not notice of them doing it because well they scream a lot and well it didn’t seem any different then normal since my dog did nothing, he was fast asleep and didn’t even wake up when the quake struck he just kept on sleeping away not even bothering to raise his head to see what is going on, it was only when we got up to check things that he even bothered to look up.

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