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Disasters Earthquake Southern Canada 2010

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#1 Darkside_1

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:04 PM

A 5.0 ~ 5.5 quake that passed through parts of Southern Canada from Quebec to Toronto, New York, Vermont, Detroit and as far as Illinois.  The quake lasted from 5 to approx. 30 seconds that started around 1:40 pm Eastern time.

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I was at work while this happened.  I didn't actually feel the quake, but my co-workers in the office across the hall from the department where I work felt it and also my colleagues that work upstairs on the second floor felt it.  We did a precautionary building evacuation that lasted around 30 minutes or so.  Everyone at the office was fine.

Anyone else notice or feel any quakes today?

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 08:46 PM

I felt it, I was at work, and on a personal phone call, and I tend to sway a little sometimes when sitting, so when it started I had to think if I was moving myself, and after after a brief second of assessment, I asked, "Did you feel that?" :D

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:02 AM

I didn't, but I was at an off-site meeting way out on Long Island yesterday, not in the city.  :(

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:09 AM

My friends back in Buffalo have been talking about it.  WNY is on a fault line... I was previously in a small tremor several years back when I lived in Lake View( buffalo suberb).  I thought it was the train passing by the house until stuff started falling off my shelves.  Everyone I know now was a bit on the shocked side but otherwise no damage anywhere.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:11 AM

Gorramn Neil Peart and his drum playing!! :angry: Couldn't the other band members tell him to keep it down?! :glare:

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:31 AM

View PostAnalog Kid, on 24 June 2010 - 08:11 AM, said:

Gorramn Neil Peart and his drum playing!! :angry: Couldn't the other band members tell him to keep it down?! :glare:

;)

Nah, it didn't last as long as one of his drum solos. :)
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:44 AM

View PostRhys, on 24 June 2010 - 08:31 AM, said:

View PostAnalog Kid, on 24 June 2010 - 08:11 AM, said:

Gorramn Neil Peart and his drum playing!! :angry: Couldn't the other band members tell him to keep it down?! :glare:

;)

Nah, it didn't last as long as one of his drum solos. :)


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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:50 AM

I felt it here in Toronto. I'm also on the 28th floor of a fairly narrow building. There was swaying.  :hesitant:
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:57 AM

View PostCybersnark, on 24 June 2010 - 08:50 AM, said:

I felt it here in Toronto. I'm also on the 28th floor of a fairly narrow building. There was swaying.  :hesitant:

Eep! :egads:

I'm ignorant about seismic activity in that area. How well constructed are buildings in Toronto?
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

Nope - not a thing.  I wondered if it got as far as New York.  At the time, I would have been out and about on the street, so I might not have felt anything anyway if it was kinda mild.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:10 PM

View PostAnalog Kid, on 24 June 2010 - 08:57 AM, said:

View PostCybersnark, on 24 June 2010 - 08:50 AM, said:

I felt it here in Toronto. I'm also on the 28th floor of a fairly narrow building. There was swaying.  :hesitant:

Eep! :egads:

I'm ignorant about seismic activity in that area. How well constructed are buildings in Toronto?

Not very. I worked in construction (as a welder) in Toronto in the 1980's. They use old-fashioned girder 'n' beam construction. Vancouver, on the other hand, digs a huge hole, builds a huge steel-reinforced concrete pole in the ground that runs up the centre of the building and contains the stairs and elevators, and off this the rest of the building is hung. Which is why that building on Georgia that's suspended by straps is built the way it is. Engineers showing off, and all.

I wasn't aware that they got earthquakes around the Canadian Shield. I thought that area was very stable.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:40 PM

View Postgsmonks, on 24 June 2010 - 12:10 PM, said:

Not very. I worked in construction (as a welder) in Toronto in the 1980's. They use old-fashioned girder 'n' beam construction. Vancouver, on the other hand, digs a huge hole, builds a huge steel-reinforced concrete pole in the ground that runs up the centre of the building and contains the stairs and elevators, and off this the rest of the building is hung. Which is why that building on Georgia that's suspended by straps is built the way it is. Engineers showing off, and all.

I wasn't aware that they got earthquakes around the Canadian Shield. I thought that area was very stable.

I knew they could happen, but thought they were pretty rare.

It looks they, for the last couple decades anyways, been getting a moderate earth quake every 12 years.

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...nada_quake.html

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"The crust is more rigid [in this region]," geologist Arsalan Mohajer of the University of Toronto told CBC News Online. "This is good news and also bad news. The good news is that we don't experience that many earthquakes. The bad news is that we don't know when the next possibly big earthquake will occur, because of a lack of information and data."

The last moderate earthquake in the region occurred on Sept. 25, 1998, when a magnitude 5.4 earthquake, centred just south of Lake Erie, rattled dishes and shook floors across Southern Ontario. A magnitude 5 quake shook the area 12 years earlier, in January 1986.

They also mentioned a 6.0er in the Saguenay region, Quebec, in Nov '88.
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