Ottawa Earthquake Felt in Kingston

Published on: 2010/06/23 - in News

The magnitude 5.0 earthquake (originally reported to be a 5.5) , centered 53 km NNE of Ottawa, was felt in Kingston and as far away as Chicago and Montreal.

There have been two recorded earthquakes with a magnitude over 6.0 in this Canadian seismic zone: a 6.1-magnitude quake in 1935 and one measuring 6.2 in 1732.

The following details were provided by the United States Geological Survey:

[Updated June 23 @ 19:35]

Magnitude 5.0
Location 45.904°N, 75.497°W
Depth 16.4 km (10.2 miles) set by location program
  • 43 km (27 miles) N (352°) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
  • 48 km (30 miles) NNE (15°) from Gatineau, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 54 km (34 miles) NNE (21°) from Hull, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 56 km (35 miles) NNE (16°) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST=355, Nph=354, Dmin=153.9 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
Source Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Event ID us2010xwa7
Seismograph image of the quake as displayed in Pittsburgh

Photos posted on Twitter related to the quake:

Building evacuees in Ottawa (click to view source photo)

Chimney damage attributed to Ottawa quake (click to view source)

Parents signing kids out of school. Reason: earthquake (click to view source)

Seismograph in East Lansing , Michigan (click to view source)
Seismograph in East Lansing , Michigan (click to view source)