Mulgrave-et-Derry, QC, Jun 23, 2010 — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rumbled through Ontario and Quebec shortly before 2 o'clock this afternoon, shaking much of northern New York. There was no word of injuries as of 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.
But damage reports are starting to come in. According to the CBC, The town of Gracefield, Quebec near the epicenter of the quake is calling for emergency help after tremors felled the steeple of its church and damaged several other buildings, including the town hall.
The Ottawa Sun reports a 150-foot section of road collapsed in provincial Quebec, approximately 75 kilometers north of Ottawa.
The epicenter was near Val de Bois, Quebec, about 40 to 50 miles north of Ottawa. That's according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which pinpointed the quake at 11 miles below the earth's surface.
Shaking was reported across Ontario and Quebec and as far away as Michigan and Boston. According to the CBC, buildings in Ottawa were evacuated.
Again, no reports of injuries or damage in northern New York.
For some scientific and historic data on earthquakes in the area, we reached associate professor Mike Rygel in SUNY Potsdam's geology department: