Earthquake reported at the border of Ontario and the U.S.

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Published February 1, 2024 at 9:56 am

An earthquake was felt in eastern Ontario, near Cornwall, at the border with the U.S. this morning.

The earthquake was measured at 3.2 magnitude this morning (Feb. 1) at 7:37 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The Canadian government earthquake tracker, Earthquakes Canada, reports the quake was 3.7 magnitude and it that is was 12 kilometres southeast Valleyfield, Quebec.

People reported their homes shaking for about 15 seconds in Cornwall.

“Sounded like an explosion,” one person wrote on X.

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The USGS reports indicate the earthquake’s origin was close to Huntingdon, Quebec but felt into Vermont State and as far away as Ottawa.

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A map from Earthquakes Canada shows the approximate location of the quake.

At 3.2 to 3.7 magnitude, the quake may or may not have been felt. According to a scale compiled by Michigan Tech earthquakes between 2.5 to 5.4 are often felt, but only cause minor damage.

Below 2.5 can be recorded by seismograph but is not felt.

For more information, see the Earthquakes Canada report here or the USGS report here.

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