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. Vincent

    and for some unknown reasons, my cats all went to hide under the bed just two hours before the earthquake. It was really strange!!!.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gijoeman

    That slight pressure in your head is the magnetic pull that PlanetX is creating as it tugs earth's continents south, ever sooo slowly. sounds funny and crazy today, but approximately 32 months from now, it could be unlike anything our time has ever seen, So stop working now throw parties spend as much time as you can with familly and friends !!! please take this statement literally

    June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. russellman

    Scary here in Ottawa because we're not used to earthquakes..... lots of shaking and the lcbo lost a few bottles but all is okay now!!
    FYI – Canada is ONLY a large country geographically.... we're pretty small considering population.... not sure why my fellow canucks are soooo touchy about that but really need to get over their insecurities (yawn)... who gives a fig about such a little thing?

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ferris

    I am a fry cook on Venus. We felt it here too. At first, we thought is was a solar flare. Good to know it was just a little shimmy in Canada.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John in Pittsburgh, PA

    Felt the movement on slate bench top for less than 10 seconds. My bottle of "frost glacier freeze" gatorade showed the movement for about 30 sec.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nathan

    A 5.5 earthquake? Not even newsworthy. People raised in California sleep through ones that small. A 5.5 is a slight gentle rolling. Move on to real news.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Wow, Im a little late here, lol, but people are making a big deal about it because this 5.5 was only 10 miles deep, a very shallow quake, so we felt a lot of shaking. On the mercalli scale ( What the skaing/damage felt like) it was rated 6 out of 10 from the moderate tremors. :)

      December 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JessieArmy

    Felt here in NDG, Montreal. So crazy!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SusanAnn

    I have felt 2 in my life now – one in late 80's (I believe that was Quebec also) and today at 1:41. It was too cool!! Hope everything is okay, and no major damage in Canada....

    June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    I live in Memphis, TN and we did NOT feel it.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SusanAnn

    and...seriously>>? they felt it in South Carolina?

    June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Hard to believe....... LOL.

      June 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle D

    In Buffalo, NY – was at work in Cheektowaga, didn't feel the shake, but felt something that made me dizzy only for a few seconds.. Didn't know quake happened at the time.. husband said whole house in South Buffalo shook for a good 15 seconds..

    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Arnold Ziffel

    WOW using the Exchange rate of Hoser vs USA a 5.5 in Hoser Heaven is like a 3.8 here..

    We should apply the exchange rate to all canadian teams when playing usa ones

    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CM

    We felt it in Rochester too. It was an EXTREMELY strange feeling – the whole house was shaking.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jule

    We had some tremor effect here in the 'Cuse. I went to sit in my chair and seemed to be bouncing somewhat. (What the heck??) Some of us went outside for a few and then returned to work. Makes you wonder exactly how far and deep the fault line travels....? A little unsettling. No pun intended. Glad to know no one is hurt. At least as of 515p EST.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jenjen

    ..I am one of 5 people here in N. Ont. that did not feel it but I do think soccer is exciting ...same ratio!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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