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Weather history: an earthquake and tornado on the same day

June 23, 2010 will be remembered as a big day in Canadian weather history. As Midland, Ontario's mayor put it, “Not many mayors experience an earthquake and a tornado on the same day.”

The Midland tornado of June 23, 2010 was on the ground for 25 kilometres
The Midland tornado of June 23, 2010 was on the ground for 25 kilometres

On June 23, 2010 at 1:42 p.m. ET, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck in rural Quebec.

The tremors were felt across much of Ontario. Office towers trembled in Toronto, and an Ottawa woman said the shaking, which lasted for about 30 seconds, made it feel “like a train was coming” through the streets of downtown.

People as far away as Chicago and Halifax reported feeling the quake.

As if Ontarians didn't have enough to talk about, later in the day, a series of powerful thunderstorms tore across the province.

One supercell spawned a tornado near Midland, Ontario around 6:30 p.m. The F2 tornado cut a 25-kilometre-long path of destruction, ripping roofs off houses and tossing trees and utility poles like matchsticks.

Damage from the storm totalled $15 million, but fortunately, no one was killed.

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