Update: Suspected earthquake rattles residents across Ontario, Quebec

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There are reports of a possible earthquake shaking buildings across parts of southern Ontario and Quebec.
The Internet is abuzz with people saying they felt the earth rumble in cities across the province, including Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
The quake seemed to last for about 30 seconds in Ottawa and rattled downtown buildings, homes in west-end Ottawa and government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que.
Stephen Taylor, a political pundit in Ottawa, used his Twitter feed to describe what the tremors felt like.
"I was in an elevator when the earthquake hit," Taylor wrote. "Debris hitting the top of it, walls scraping ... fun stuff."
Witnesses in downtown Toronto also described feeling a prolonged tremour that shook desks, rattled bookshelves and caused paintings on walls to shake.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
The website for the U.S. Geological Survey displayed a map showing a recent event registering 5.5 on the Richter scale had occurred near the Ontario-Quebec boundary, but no other details were immediately available.
Hundreds of people were milling about on downtown Ottawa streets as the Parliament buildings emptied, along with the Prime Minister's Office across the street at the Langevin Block.
Buildings across downtown Ottawa were evacuated.
A sitting of the Senate was disturbed, as were preparations by the PMO for this week's G8 and G20 summits. PMO staff were forced out onto Wellington Street.
Chinese President Hu Jintao was to arrive in Ottawa later Wednesday afternoon.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Quebec, Ontario Toronto Southern Ontario Windsor Montreal Ottawa River Gatineau, Que Wellington Street

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  • Helen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    I work in Toronto, top floor of a highrise building, we felt the earthquake for about 30 secs...our building swayed. What a weird feeling.

  • Craig
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    How foolish are they on the Hill...a major thunderstorm just rolled through southwestern Ontario heading in a North East direction towards the Ottawa valley. Dam politicians...they over embelish everything.

  • Helen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    I work in Toronto, top floor of a highrise building, we felt the earthquake for about 30 secs...our building swayed. What a weird feeling.

  • Craig
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    How foolish are they on the Hill...a major thunderstorm just rolled through southwestern Ontario heading in a North East direction towards the Ottawa valley. Dam politicians...they over embelish everything.