June 23rd, 2010
02:55 PM ET

5.0 magnitude quake strikes Canada; no major damage


[Updated at 5:20 p.m.] U.S. Geological Survey has revised the earthquake's preliminary magnitude to 5.0. The USGS initially assigned it a preliminary magnitude of 5.5.

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[Updated at 2:55 p.m.] There has been no major damage reported so far from an earthquake that hit Canada today, the city of Toronto said in a press release.

"In our initial assessment, there has been no major damage to City infrastructure. Further investigations are taking place to confirm," the statement said. "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."

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[Updated at 2:42 p.m.] Barre Campbell, a spokesman for the city of Ottawa, tells CNN that there are no reports of major damage in downtown Ottawa.Campbell said he  witnessed self-evacuations of downtown buildings, but that people appear to be headed back into work buildings now.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] An operator at the Ottawa Hospital said she felt the quake for about 30 seconds.

Sgt. Marc LaPorte, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told CNN that it was a "slight tremor" and there "doesn't appear to be any damage reported to date yet."

[Updated at 2:21 p.m.] CNN affiliate CBC in Canada is reporting that buildings in Toronto and Ottawa have been evacuated.

CBC also spoke with Kathleen Sullivan who was working on the eighth floor of an office in downtown Toronto when the quake hit.

"It was very peculiar because we could actually see the plants on our window shelf shaking," she told the CBC. "By the time we gathered in the hall and figured out it wasn't our imagination, it stopped. But it was easily a minute of things shaking.

[Updatd at 2:16 p.m.] The quake struck at 1:41 p.m. near the borders of Ontario and Quebec provinces, the USGS said.
It was about 12 miles deep.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] CNN affiliate WDIV in Detroit, Michigan is reporting tremors were felt in the metro area of Detroit.

Other tremors have reportedly been felt in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Cleveland, Ohio.

CNN affiliate WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut reported that some residents in Connecticut felt shaking. CNN affiliate WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire reported that residents in New Hampshire also felt the tremors.

[Posted at 2:10 p.m.] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 struck Wednesday in southern Canada, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. Josh

    We felt the tremors here in downtown Syracuse. Everything stopped as the whole floor of my office looked around to see who was shaking the cubicles, and then all of the expressions changed as people realized what was really happening. Intensity of the shaking seemed to ebb and fall like a wave over the 10 to 15 seconds that it lasted, and then the incredulous conversations began. Quite a memorable day!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa

    Felt it here in Hamilton near Toronto, we don't get these usually what the hell is going on? My desk where my computer is was shaking for like 20 -30 seconds, scary.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CKMETZ

    Felt in St. Catharines, ON. We could see the walls in the office moving. Lasted a good 2-3 minutes.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • CKMETZ

      Sorry, meant it FELT like 2-3 minutes. No shaking, swaying enough to make you a little dizzy. It was wierd.

      June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul in Ottawa

    Felt it real good here on the 18th floor. Building wasd evacuated and had a wait on the lawn across the street. Now back at work.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sharon

    Felt it in Baltimore, MD.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leeanne

    we felt it in downtown Montreal for about 15-20 secs

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ridgefield Park, NJ

    felt it in ridgefield park, nj

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MISSI

    Felt it here in Potsdam, NY!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ryan

    5.5 in Toronto

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nina

    Sitting in my office on the 20th floor in Montreal. Talk about "shakin' all over".
    It felt like it lasted about 30 seconds.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L L

    Was felt here in Little Valley, NY (south of Buffalo, NY near NY/PA border)

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sam

    I have to call BS on all of the "felt it" comments. Im near Niagara Falls ON and I did not experience any shaking and I have been at my desk all afternoon.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Just because you didnt't feel it doesn't make other peoples comments BS.. my mom works less than 5 KM away and she said she didn't feel anything at all when I called her. However at my home my couch was shaking and we ran outside.

      June 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      Depends how high you are it seems I work on the 3rd floor and we all felt it but the people on the 1st didnt feel a thing

      June 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I have to call BS on your comment Sam as you clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

      June 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SterlSmith

    That's funny....I didn't feel anything here in Texas ! Hope everyone is ok.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pam

    Felt it in central Maine!! Weird!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Craig

    it made me pee my pants. can some one please bail me out and blame obama for this.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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