2011/08/23 | CityNews.ca Staff
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A map of the earthquake. Courtesy of: U.S. Geological Survey.
A major earthquake that originated in the United States was felt in Toronto Tuesday afternoon, shaking buildings in the downtown core and forcing the evacuation of some offices.
The quake, preliminarily measuring at a 5.9 magnitude, hit Virginia just before 2 p.m. and was also felt in Washington, New York City, and North Carolina. People called, tweeted and emailed CityNews shortly thereafter to say it had been felt in the Toronto area as well.
"A moderate earthquake was reported in Virginia and felt in Ontario," Earthquakes Canada (external - login to view) confirmed. People from Ottawa to New Brunswick also reported feeling the tremor, The Canadian Press reported.
No damage has been reported. However, the Pentagon was evacuated.
"Police received a few calls from the public about their building shaking. Possibly connected to earthquake in Virginia. No reported injuries," Toronto Const. Wendy Drummond wrote on Twitter.
The U.S. Geological Survey said on its website that the earthquake was 3.7 miles (6 kilometres) deep. The earthquake didn't just stop in Toronto, hitting towns all around the GTA and beyond.
"I'm in Vaughan at work and I thought someone was behind my chair shaking it," CityNews.ca reader Rosanne Imineo wrote.
Bonnie Baillie, who lives in Niagara Falls, felt the tremors there and said they lasted for about two minutes.
Even Goderich, recently hit by a devastating tornado, was hit by the earthquake. Our readers also reported feeling the earthquake in Bolton, Waterloo and in Wilberforce, near Haliburton.
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