An earthquake just shook Montreal and surrounding areas.
Automatic detection of seismic event: magnitude 4.5 – 10 Oct 0:19 EDT – LONGUEUIL, QC region
We were sitting here watching tv and the building shook from the inside. We’ve never felt a significant shake like this ever …
Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 1:29AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 1:48AM EDT
Many in the Montreal area were roused from sleep just after midnight Wednesday, when a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the earthquake’s epicentre was in the Longueuil area.
Allison Bent, a seismologist with Earthquake Canada, said the quake occurred at 12:20 a.m.
No immediate reports of serious damage could be verified.
The earthquake sent some rushing into the street, with many Quebecers taking to Twitter to share what they experienced.
“We felt a strong tremor here in Terrebonne at aprox 12:20a.m.,” said CTV viewer Monette Bouvier in an email. “It was very impressive. (It) started like a boom then shook our large house with vibrations until they got lighter then stopped. It lasted a good 30 or more seconds!”
This Natural Resources Canada map provides information on where the earthquake struck, and where it was most intense.
The quake was felt over a large area of souther Quebec and extended into parts of southern Ontario, confirmed Bent.
She said Wednesday morning’s tremor was smaller than the June 2010 earthquake that struck between Ottawa and Montreal — a 5.0 magnitude quake.
An earthquake of this magnitude is considered mild.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest earthquake in the history of the province was in 1732, and measured in at 6.2.