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.

soundoff (878 Responses)
  1. Gil Cosnett

    Nothing felt in Delaware County, PA (near PHL airport).

    June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Anna

    We felt it in Williamsport (Lycoming County) PA.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tonya

    Felt it in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Maureen T., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

    I felt the tremor for about 30 seconds while I sat at my desk at work. At first I thought someone was leaning on my workstation as it shook more than usual!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. matt

    It's the end of the world, Aye!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. canadianMike

    wow scary... something bigger in the world happening? Too bad it didn't happen during the summit it may have shook some sense into the the world leaders.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Brian

    We felt it here in the north part of Toronto. 10 seconds of shaking, 5 second pause, then some more of the 'magic fingers'. Unexpected but not scary.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Patrick Clarke, Toronto, Canada

    I am in an office in downtown Toronto and we felt it for some seconds. Everyone got up from their desks and were panicking. For the seconds it lasted, it was very scary.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Roseanne Waterstraat

    Felt it here in Rochester, New York....my whole desk started shaking...i thought i was losing it!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. KittLeez

    I feel the earth move under my feet.....here in Clifton Park NY, North of Albany....our dog was running around barking for no other apparent reason about 5 mins. prior to the shaking.....mother earth having contractions ;-)

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jermaine

    2012... RUN KIDS RUN

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jacques

    Pleased to hear that all people affected seem to be okay and not experienced heavy damage.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. KittLeez

    I luv my earthquake detector app! was immediately able to see where it occurred....cool

    June 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Stacy

    Turns out it was a 5.0 magnatude quake....
    well actually not a quake....
    it was a "High Energy Release"
    ........Isnt that want an orgasm is?
    Yeah....

    Ottawa had an Orgasm !!!!!!!

    I knew i lived in the coolest city, I felt that big "O" big time, scared the cats, but I certainly enjoyed that "High Energy Release"...woohoo

    June 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lily

    in Quebec !! my hole enitre house moved !

    June 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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