Thursday, June 24, 2010

That Canadian Earthquake

Yesterday we had another reminder that earthquakes can occur in the Eastern United States. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred In Canada in the Province of Quebec. The location was 55 kilometers north of Ontario Canada. The interesting thing was the distance at which the earthquake was felt. The USGS Did You Feel It system received reports all over the Northeastern United States and as far west as Missouri and there were even a couple of reports in the Memphis area. The quake illustrates well how earthquakes in the Eastern United States can be felt for vast distances. In 1811-1812 the earthquakes were felt from Florida to Canada and all along the east coast of the United States and as far west (from one report) as Western Missouri.

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