Around 1:30pm today a 5.0-magnitude earthquake started near the Ontario-Quebec border and reportedly shook parts of upstate New York and Ohio as well as Chicago, Cleveland and Indiana. The earthquake’s epicentre was about 55 kilometers north of Ottawa, where buildings were evacuated, and people poured onto the streets by the thousands.
The quake was felt in such a large area because, the U.S. Geological Survey explains that a quake in the Northeastern United States “can be felt over an area as much as 10 times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the West Coast.”
The quake can be seen this afternoon during a media breifing at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa with NDP Public Safety Critic Don Davies.
Incidentally it also looks like a Red Alert has been issued as a Tornado is on its way to Toronto and much of southwestern Ontario! These events interestingly coincide with the commencement of the G20, scheduled to start in Toronto this weekend.