Earthquake Hit Ottawa: Minor Damages Reported at Its 5.0 Magnitude

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An earthquake at magnitude-5.0 shook the grounds of Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday June 23, 2010, sending workers to evacuate their work places. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at the Ontario-Quebec border which was felt from Toronto, Canada to the areas of Southfield, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio and Rochester, New York. The earthquake’s epicentre was located at 45.866 North and 75.457 West, near the Ontario-Quebec border which is 33 miles north of Ottawa.

The shake was felt at the Parliament Building of Ottawa where senators, parliamentarians and staff evacuated the building. A press conference was cut short by Don Davies, a lawmaker of opposition New Democratic Party. Residents stopped in shock. Ottawa resident Vince Charron near Gracefield took pictures of a restaurant where its chimney were partially ruined. Mayor Real Rochon declared a state of emergency in Gracefield following the earthquake ruins.

There have been no major damages and injuries reported as of Wednesday night. Canadian police reported no injuries left by the earthquake. The Parliament Building of Ottawa was cracked. Local media reported some minor damages at some homes and buildings. At the Ottawa City Hall, windows were broken. In Quebec, a church steeple was reported ruined. And near Bowman, Quebec, a highway collapsed into a river.


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