This is going to be an interesting day here in Toronto and Ontario I think.
At approximately 1:41 pm there was a 5.5 earthquake on the Ontario Quebec border – about 60 km north of Ottawa. It was apparently felt in Ohio, New York State and most of Southern Ontario and in Montreal.
Just to give you an idea of how strong it was I’m in Toronto – a five hour drive from Ottawa and I felt the earthquake at approximately 1:43 pm. Everything in my house was shaking. Something was making a flapping noise during the tremors – maybe my plasma TV on it’s stand? or our air conditioners in their windows? I’m not sure.
I hate to admit this, but I was in the washroom, sitting on the toilet, when the tremors occurred. My knees started hitting the cabinet in front of me. The shaking lasted for about 30 seconds. I ran downstairs just as the shaking was calming down to see if everything was ok.
My husband called me from work approximately 1 minute after the shaking stopped here in Toronto. I just answered the phone with “Yep, it was a quake”. He said everything was shaking in the hospital as well.
Why did I say it was going to be an interesting day here in Toronto and maybe a good part of Ontario? Well … it’s quite hot and humid and sometime late this afternoon those of us here in Southern Ontario through to Ottawa are expecting severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and possibly tornadoes.
So depending upon what happens today, weather wise, it’s only just getting started.
I sure hope we don’t have any Tornadoes. Last year, in August, we had a tornado that actually came through part of downtown Toronto. Now that was scary!