He told the Star he was upstairs in his home in Barrie when the earthquake struck. The 2010 earthquake hit at 1:41 p.m. The epicentre of the earthquake was 45 km north of Gatineau, Que. Please enter your email below, and we'll resend the instructions for email verification. region in 1663. following an earthquake Wednesday, June 23, 2010. We didn't recognize that password reset code. 2. Sign In. 3. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS), People make their way back to an office building after an earthquake rattled buildings Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Cleveland. Moderate 5.0 earthquake shakes Ontario, Quebec, and U.S. tap here to see other videos from our team. She said an earlier risk assessment she conducted of close to 600 buildings in the city's core found a number of potential trouble spots should a more serious quake occur — such as a magnitude 6.0 quake close to the city. Most of North America was buried two kilometres of ice 10,000 years ago, he explained. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was en route to Toronto at the time to attend the Air India memorial, an aide said. It averages three noticeable quakes a year. It was two kilometres thick. The quake caused less damage, but was also felt in major cities. Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Ploeger defines risk as a combination of the potential hazard — based on both the potential for ground motion under a building and the building materials — and vulnerability — based in part on the number of people in a building. Numerous reports flooded Twitter, including from the National Post in Toronto, which tweeted about heavy shaking to its building about 30 seconds after similar reports from Ottawa. Seismologists and disaster management experts say that was the wrong move, since it exposed them to potential dangers from falling glass or other debris. Nobody even thought it could be a seismic problem. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Patient Yves Duplessy said he was jolted awake by the tremors and knew it was an earthquake. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. They are relatively common and about 800 occur around the world annually. David Bernatchez, the elevator operator at the Villa Medica Rehabilitation Hospital in downtown Montreal, was transporting a patient to another floor when the earthquake hit. “I instantly knew it was an earthquake,” said Petrash. “Lots of shaking it was a severe shake,” said Eggleton, a former Toronto mayor. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. Ten thousand years ago there was a massive glacier on top of this part of the continent. Earlier Tuesday, word broke that a bridge collapsed into a river north of Buckingham, Que., northeast of Ottawa. Susan Ashley, who lives on the 10th floor of a building at Victoria Park Ave. and the Danforth, was working on her computer when she felt the tremors. To order 10:56, 25 June 2010 (UTC) South of Montreal, some people reported objects falling off shelves, chimney bricks collapsing and the like. It was a geologist’s dream. The USGS reports the quake had a magnitude of 5.0. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. In the nation's capital, the tremors send confused workers into the streets, and the historic buildings on Parliament Hill were evacuated and staff were told to go home for the day. How the main quake felt would vary a lot by where people were, Lau said. Inspectors were up on aerial ladders surveying the damage. Passengers leapt into the sea and fought over lifejackets... One man dies as winds of over 160kph hit Britain and... Republican presidential candidates race across Iowa... About canada.com | 2010-06-23 17:41:41 UTC at 17:41 June 23, 2010 UTC Location: Epicenter at 45.88, -75.48 29.2 km from Val-des-Monts (18.2 miles) Ontario Quebec Bord, Canada A 6.5-magnitude tremor just south of Chicoutimi, Que., which shook homes as far away as Toronto on Nov. 25, 1988. {* #signInForm *} Thankfully it didn't break down. Cathy Basile, who was at her home in south Ottawa, said she felt the tremors at about 1:45 p.m. Alain Latour in Toronto and his wife were having an afternoon coffee when they felt the quake: According to reports on Twitter, people as far east as Boston, as far west as Windsor and as far south as Cleveland felt the tremors. Ploeger said the high number of rigid, unreinforced masonry buildings in the ByWard Market made that area a likely spot for the most structural damage, but said debris was most likely to occur in the south side of the city's downtown, where more high-rise buildings are in place. As well, he said, top floors of tall buildings shake more than lower floors. A moderate earthquake was felt in parts of Southern Ontario and as far as Ottawa and Montreal. While the natural response of staff was to exit the building, he said the correct response would have been to wait inside for the alarm to stop or for instructions. Montreal’s 911 service was bombarded with reports of the earthquake but no injuries were reported. Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. “(But) we’re watching everything very, very carefully.”, Personal accounts of earthquakes in Ontario, G20 protesters 'walked right through' quake. In an earthquake, you want to be in a door frame because it's framed and it's the most rigid part," he said. According to information on the website Geoscience World, the large western Quebec seismic zone has felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from larger ones for centuries. “All of a sudden the elevator started shaking rapidly, my patient started screaming!” he told the Star. A welcome email is on its way. Almost all our employees are volunteer firefighters who are on the radio responding to questions.". Audience Relations, CBC P.O. She said the large stone building was swaying so much she had to "hold on to the wall" to regain her balance. Bruce Presgrave, a spokesperson with the Earthquake Information Center, said though quakes in the area are rare, the region is an active seismic zone. Ottawa is near a relatively active fault line that runs parallel to the St. Lawrence Valley. “There were about 10 people in the store and they ran out.” Mr. Robitaille said he did not notice any damage to his own home. Your existing password has not been changed. The quake brought down the wall of a seven-unit apartment building in the small community, exposing the interior of several units, said 18-year-old resident Daniel St-Jean. And I quickly realized it was an earthquake. "Just out of nowhere you feel this incredible shock, it was terrifying, the building was moving back and forth," Honsberger told CTV News Channel Wednesday afternoon. While the epicentre of the 1925 earthquake was more than 200 kilometers further away than the 2010 earthquake, its effects on Ottawa were considerably larger owing to its increased magnitude. CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife said CTV staff fled the downtown building where the bureau is located and spilled onto a street, to where hundreds of others had also fled. A Canada earthquake shook Toronto and Ottawa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time today, June 23, 2010. Terms | The website zazzle created T-shirts in the same spirit. The glacier is long gone, but the earth is still popping up. ET, and was felt in Montreal, Windsor, Ottawa and Toronto. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. Some buildings that look solid could still have "minor cracking," he said. Rochon said to his knowledge, the worst of the damage in the town is at the church. In a release, the City of Toronto said its officials are looking for signs of quake damage. "The census tracker says this is an area with 65,000 people coming into work.". Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. According to the Richter scale an earthquake of a 5.0 magnitude is considered moderate and could cause damage to poorly constructed buildings. "Trains travelling east of Kingston will experience (a) 2.5 hour delay for infrastructure inspection due to (the) Quebec-Ontario earthquake," says a travel advisory on the company's website.