'Rare' minor earthquake rattles eastern Ontario, some shaking felt

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'Rare' minor earthquake rattles eastern Ontario, some shaking felt
'Rare' minor earthquake rattles eastern Ontario, some shaking felt

People in eastern Ontario and Quebec may have felt some shaking from a small earthquake that struck that part of the country Saturday evening.

The tremor was rated magnitude 2.7 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which said it struck near Winchester, Ont., south of Ottawa (Earthquakes Canada gave the tremor a slightly higher rating of magnitude 3.2) a little before 8 p.m.

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Though not a strong quake by any means, its shallow depth of less than 10 km would have meant people in the region would have been able to feel it.

While the bigger tremors are more common in the Ring of Fire, it’s not “unprecedent” to see earthquakes in the Ottawa Valley. However, they are rare, says Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay.

In Canada, earthquakes are far more common along the West Coast, but the Ottawa Valley isn't immune to them. The region and the St. Lawrence River Valley are prone to weaker tremors.

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"They're not convergence or slip quakes, rather just fractures in the thinner, weaker crust layer in the area," said Mackay.

There were no reports of damage with this particular tremor, and none would be expected, says Earthquakes Canada.

Light shaking was reported in communities throughout eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, Prescott and Cornwall, and the USGS says it received shake reports from upstate New York, as well.