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Small earthquake strikes near Hawkesbury, Ontario


Magnitude 3.7 quake strikes near Hawkesbury on Tuesday morning
Magnitude 3.7 quake strikes near Hawkesbury on Tuesday morning

Staff writers

November 6, 2012 — A magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck near the Ontario, Quebec border early Tuesday morning, waking some residents from their sleep.

Magnitude 5.0 quake struck just north of Ottawa in June, 2010
Magnitude 5.0 quake struck just north of Ottawa in June, 2010

It was an early morning wake-up call for some people in southern Ontario and Quebec on Tuesday. 

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck at about 4:05 am, just six kilometres southwest of Hawkesbury, Ontario. 

While the earthquake was too weak to do damage, several callers to The Weather Network Stormline reported shaking. The quake was also felt as far away as Vermont and New York. 

The area is active when it comes to earthquakes. Back in June 2010, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck just north of Ottawa.

Several communities including Windsor, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Barrie, Ottawa and Montreal all felt a rumble. A state of emergency was declared in Gracefield, Quebec after at least seven buildings were damaged there.

“There are seismic zones in southern Ontario and southern Quebec, and an example would be an even larger earthquake that occurred near Timiskaming in 1935 that had a magnitude of 6.1,” explains Earth Sciences Professor John Clague from Simon Fraser University.

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