A 3.7 magnitude earthquake hit about halfway between Ottawa and Montreal this afternoon around 1:30pm. Here’s the official information from the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter, according to that release, was East Hawkesbury, Ontario.
On Twitter and Facebook, people across northern St. Lawrence County, from Ogdensburg to Potsdam, said they felt the tremor. (I was in Canton and I did not.)
Naturally, earthquakes of any size put people on edge as Japan continues to suffer from the fallout of its massive earthquake.
The North Country does sit in a pretty active – although generally not severe – fault zone. A quick search through NCPR’s archives turns up earthquakes in 2002, 2006, 2007, and just last summer. The most serious was in 2002, when buildings were damaged in Clinton County. Here’s SUNY Potsdam’s Frank Revetta talking about the region’s seismic activity following that earthquake.
Listen to Brian Mann’s story this week about how the region’s nuclear aspirations sit in the wake of Japan’s crisis.