We experienced rumbling and shaking in the NCPR studio at 1:41 pm from a 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered 40 to 50 miles north of Ottawa. That’s according to the US Geological Survey. Listeners have emailed from Potsdam, Saranac Lake, Burlington and Chestertown reporting feeling the quake. Reports of shaking felt in Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal have come in as well.
According to the Associated Press:
The quake seemed to last for about 30 seconds in Ottawa and rattled downtown buildings, homes in west-end Ottawa and government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que.
We have no reports of damage or injuries. Please feel free to update this information by posting comments as the story develops.
Read the USGS summary of the temblor event.
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UPDATE: While we’ve received no word of injuries, the CBC reports a 150-foot section of road collapsed near the quake’s epicenter–about 75 kilometers of Ottawa.
Gracefield, Quebec–near the epicentre of the quake–is calling for emergency help after tremors felled the steeple of its church and damaged several other buildings, including the town hall.
The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reports three public schools in Ottawa sustained minor damage. Again no injuries.