I Didn't Feel the Earthquake - But I Tried

OttawaA 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Ontario-Quebec border region this afternoon. I was working on the tenth floor of a building just West of Toronto when my colleague said "do you feel that, we're shaking".

I thought we might be feeling an earthquake, so I tried really, really hard to feel it. I've never felt an earthquake before. I could see the blinds moving, but I couldn't feel the ground moving.

Seconds after the shaking stopped, I tweeted the following via Twitter.

Was that an earthquake?

In real-time I was seeing tweets from folks all over Ontario, confirming we had just experienced an earthquake. When news like this breaks, there's nothing like the instant notifications Twitter can feed you.

I just wish I felt it.

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I felt it. I was working in my apartment and my chair started to wobble. I had no idea what the hell was going on. For a second I thought there was something the matter with me or the chair, then I thought it might be a big truck or a train but I couldn't hear anything, and then finally for a split second I thought it might have been a quake, but then quickly put that out of my head because we live in Ontario and that stuff doesn't happen here. a few minutes later I got a CBC News Alert in my email telling me that indeed it was an earthquake. I'd say the shaking lasted for about a minute, maybe a bit less, with some starting and stopping. My girlfriend was out doing some running around and didn't feel it at all. She was shocked when I told her the story.

June 23, 2010 @ 8:30 PM


If this province is rocking, don't you be knockin'

June 23, 2010 @ 8:42 PM

jason | getyouroj.com

my chair wobbled as well. i have indoor wind chimes that hang from the window frame near my desk at home. they went crazy for a good 20 seconds. wish i'd grabbed the digi cam but i was still trying to process what was going on.

June 24, 2010 @ 8:41 AM

Mike from Lowville

I was on my tractor cutting my grass. That twin cylinder diesel vibrates so much, it would take a big one to feel it. My wife was in the 4X4 on a country road. She never felt it either.

June 24, 2010 @ 3:55 PM


I was in Mississauga working and my coworkers all stood up and looked around and I remember thinking "what the hell are they all looking at??"

I did not feel a thing. I still think it was a hoax!! LOL

June 24, 2010 @ 6:23 PM

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