Friday, May 17, 2013

Earthquake in Quebec and Ontario but we are still alive

A Canadian government web site says a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, followed by a 4.1 aftershock, was felt throughout Ontario and Quebec Friday morning. Earthquakes Canada says the 5.2 quake occurred 11 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec at 9:43 a.m. The 4.1 aftershock was felt around 9:53 a.m. A recommendation by a seismologist- 'Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake. Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake. Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach. And be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages'

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