Canada Earthquake: 4.2 Magnitude Quake Shakes Ontario-Quebec Border Region

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
By Paul Martin
November 6, 2012

Authorities at Canada’s Department of Natural Resources say a 4.2 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Quebec early this morning, the second such incident in the past month.

According to the agency, the temblor struck at 4:05 am, lasted 10 to 15 seconds, and was centered in the Gatineau region, 30 kilometers (18 miles) east of Buckingham, Quebec.

It was also felt in several suburban Ottawa neighborhoods including Barrhaven, Orleans, and Cumberland, CTV reports.

“If you’re close to the epicenter, you probably would have no doubt whatsoever that it was an earthquake. You would feel shaking, possibly hear some rattling,” said seismologist Allison Bent, pointing out that about 200 small earthquakes typically occur in the area between Montreal and Ottawa known as the Western Quebec Seismic Zone.

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