Did you feel the earth move?

My Canadian connections are all abuzz over the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that supposedly just hit Ontario. However, the best Tweet about this whole thing comes from my buddy @Ha_Safran.

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  1. Canuck says:

    It was pretty bad–closer to Ottawa than Montreal…

  2. Z! says:

    It was funny cuz I decided on a whim to call my parents in Ottawa and they were all like- we’re ok, thanks for calling! and I was like- HUH?

  3. sheldan says:

    For the record, the Richter scale is based on a logarithmic comparison to a “threshold earthquake.” A difference of 1 point translates to a 10-times increase in intensity. A 5.5 earthquake would be 100,000 to 1,000,000 times the intensity of the threshold earthquake, and a 7.0 earthquake would be 10,000,000 times a comparison earthquake.

    (Isn’t it interesting how a math professor at a community college can come up with these facts?)

    Here in Memphis, we have an interest in earthquakes. The Center for Earthquake Research and Information is on the campus of the University of Memphis. That may have to do with the New Madrid Fault, which extends into Arkansas and Missouri and was the scene of a devastating 1811-1812 earthquake.

  4. Supposedly felt in Pittsburgh but my own malcontent must be so earth shattering that I didn’t feel it as I sat and seethed in my office chair.

  5. mokumalef says:

    Apparently it was “only” a 5.0 quake – but at 1:41 pm (and yes, in Montreal) we sure did feel a very strange and disconcerting rattling: furniture, floors, walls. Very weird experience, because we had never noticed all the previous ones that happened in years past. So – this was our first earth quake ever, which left us slightly rattled …

  6. G6 says:

    …. felt it all the way in New York City (and you of all people know what a long way THAT is Hadassah ;) )
    See my post here….

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