Were you woken up by some strange rumbling this morning? If so, you weren’t imagining anything and it wasn’t a parade of snowplows, either. An earthquake actually struck just south of Montreal this morning and tons of people have taken to twitter to ask the same question…
“Was that an earthquake?”
And it was. It struck just before 6 a.m. this morning and Earthquakes Canada is reporting that was a 3.7 magnitude, down from an original report of 4.2.
The earthquake occurred in the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield region, but was felt in Rigaud, Saint Bruno, Vaudreuil and some western parts of Montreal.
Earthquakes Canada also explains that “there are no reports of damage, and none would be expected,” considering the low magnitude of the quake.
But even with a low magnitude, over 400 people have officially reported feeling the quake this morning, even as far north as Saint-Saveur and Mont-Tremblant, as far east as Cornwall, Ontario and as far south as Plattsburgh, NY.
The best part, though, aside from no one being hurt and no damage being reported, is the fact that nearly everyone who has taken to Twitter admits… they totally thought it was just a snowplow at first.
Below is the final tweet that Earthquakes Canada sent out this morning, confirming the quake, its time and location, as well as the magnitude.
This map shows precisely where the seismic activity began, which you can find along with the rest of the data surrounding the quake on the Earthquakes Canada page here.
People quickly took to Twitter to confirm that what they had just felt was actually an earthquake.
Considering the early timing of the quake (5:37 a.m.) I’m surprised it was strong enough to wake anyone. I live in Cote-des-Neiges, where many people reported feeling the quake, but I felt nothing.
(Must’ve been the NyQuil…)
But for those who did feel it, it seems the general consensus was the question, “Was that a quake or a snowplow?!”
We’re lucky that most of the quakes that happen in our region aren’t much more than the soft rumbling that many felt this morning.
So let’s be thankful for that. Particularly on a day when so many are remembering the devastation of the historic earthquake in Haiti this time 10 years ago.