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Did Toronto just have an earthquake?

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 17, 2013

earthquake torontoToronto just had an earthquake. Yup, the news surrounding Rob Ford isn't the only earth-moving event of the day. Two earthquakes, a 5.2-magnitude tremor and a 4.1 aftershock, were reported by Earthquakes Canada 18-20 kms northeast of Shawville, Quebec, a town close to Ottawa.

The rumble, reportedly 10 seconds long, was felt here in Toronto and as far away as Cleveland around 9:43 AM but no property damage has been reported. Several buildings were evacuated in Toronto as a result of the earthquake.

toronto earthquakeIn the immediate aftermath Twitter was alive with reports of rattling dishes, trembling drinks, and other minor household disturbances. Here's the best of what's circulating:

Did you feel the earthquake in Toronto? Seen any damage?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Earthquakes Canada



Dan Profane / May 17, 2013 at 10:00 am
Yup. Woke me up. Thought I was sick so went to get some water. Then the text messages started...
Devon / May 17, 2013 at 10:01 am
Earthquake in Toronto? Or Rob Ford throwing one giant tantrum?
Anne / May 17, 2013 at 10:01 am
Ottawa definitely just had an earthquake, and we just felt some aftershocks as well. The whole building shook
k / May 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
felt it in thornhill !!!
carol / May 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
Yeh, I felt it! The lights in my condo were swinging and the floor was shaking.
crumbs / May 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
Yeah it woke me up as well. Seemed to last for a good 15 seconds.
Fig / May 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
#earthquake trending on Twitter - funniest comment so far - "I thought it was Duffy farting" lol!
Sam / May 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
Mike Duffy fell.
Sphinx / May 17, 2013 at 10:04 am
I think Toronto just shook from the excitement that Rob Ford might be off it's back's a good shake.
Larry / May 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
What do "weather folk" have to do with earthquakes?

Today's forecast:
Cloudy with sunny breaks and mild tremors...
Jube / May 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
That was definitely an earthquake folks!!
David / May 17, 2013 at 10:05 am
Oh yeah. Turned the stereo down to listen. House shook for about 3 seconds. Etobicoke West. Lakeshore area.
Heather / May 17, 2013 at 10:06 am
JUst felt it up here in Wasaga Beach!
paul / May 17, 2013 at 10:06 am
Felt it here on the Danforth, too. Gentle swaying, like the much larger earthquake in Ottawa a year or so ago. Lasted maybe 15 seconds?
al / May 17, 2013 at 10:06 am
I'm on the 30th floor and I woke up with my bed shaking. This was between 940-943am
Sarah / May 17, 2013 at 10:08 am
More confirmation here:
Dwayne Cooper / May 17, 2013 at 10:10 am
Wow, I just missed it! My dad just called me to tell he felt it at work!
Mike / May 17, 2013 at 10:11 am
I am so sick of BlogTO and there liberal agenda... Let Rob Ford be...
Jenny / May 17, 2013 at 10:12 am
Yup...I'm here at Bloor and Dundas in Toronto on the ground level in my apartment and I really felt it, I was still in bed and my bed was shaking like crazy
WARDEN FINCH / May 17, 2013 at 10:15 am
on the 11th floor and we shook for what felt like 20 seconds
Lee / May 17, 2013 at 10:17 am
Woken up here in Leslieville - about 5 tremors, ab 20 secs total - bigger tan anything I ever felt in Japan
chopstks / May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am
Level 3 of the office building...felt it for a few seconds in Thornhill Ontario
shalu / May 17, 2013 at 10:19 am
omg , i was looking for my email , my whole chair and room shaking at 9.45 , i thought something wrong with my chair. i hope nothing happen bad to anybody.
Xl / May 17, 2013 at 10:19 am
Felt in while in bed in markham north!!!!! Around 9:50
Tracy / May 17, 2013 at 10:20 am
Yes...I'm on the 17th floor at our office and the walls were creaking. I felt it for about 20 seconds and immediately thought a small earthquake.
Farah / May 17, 2013 at 10:20 am
on the 18th floor, building shook for about 10 seconds
Cabbagetown / May 17, 2013 at 10:21 am
I have a loft bed and felt a lot of the sway. It felt like the silent impact of a truck hitting the side of my house.
Farah / May 17, 2013 at 10:21 am
on the 18th floor, building shook for about 10 secs
Gabe / May 17, 2013 at 10:22 am
Felt the quake at 09:50 est.
Very minor wobbling of the house with tv and ceiling lights swaying.
Lasted for about 5seconds.
In Keswick, ON.
Liz / May 17, 2013 at 10:25 am
I felt it too area just outside of Uxbridge...lasted about 30 seconds....
Sherri / May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am
Felt it in Marlbank /tweed ontario
Debbie / May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am
Yea could hear the birds chirping noisily outside my bedroom window in Beaches during the quake
Ryan / May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am
Fifth floor of office building next to airport.
Noticed the monitor shaking a little bit and felt my legs shake a little.
Nicole / May 17, 2013 at 10:28 am
I work in Alliston, Ontario and I felt it! Was like a rolling wave.
Missy / May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am
YES, felt my sofa shaking and front door rattling at 10:45am in Bloor and Yonge area.
Carm / May 17, 2013 at 10:35 am
I felt it at wellesly and jarvis
PRAT / May 17, 2013 at 10:48 am
felt it in markham... store`s hanging items were moving around...
Maureen / May 17, 2013 at 10:50 am
Felt it in Barrie. Lots of things moving and some things falling but nothing broken.
ras / May 17, 2013 at 10:51 am
my brother was sleeping and came down running saying his bed shook and heard cracking noise in AJAX. thank god, otherwise he would sleep till 4pm.
anissa / May 17, 2013 at 11:29 am
Yup, felt it here too outside having morning coffee with hubby way up here in Keswick!!!
Luna / May 17, 2013 at 11:36 am
OMG, it was definitely an earthquake folks……
CaligulaJones / May 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm
That was Olivia Chow's mayoral campaign starting up...
mr / May 17, 2013 at 12:52 pm
i was in the bathroom doing a #2 an though someone was playing a joke on me
Sean / May 17, 2013 at 03:31 pm
I was in the bathroom doing #1 and had to really concentrate on my aim.
Wake up to the sunshine / May 17, 2013 at 03:52 pm
It actually woke me up from sleeping in!
Bra / May 17, 2013 at 03:56 pm
It woke me up... Knocked a few empties off my table bro!
Simon Tarses / May 17, 2013 at 04:09 pm
Felt it as I was getting up this morning.
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