An earthquake rocked Quebec Friday morning, and the tremors could be felt as far away as Hamilton.
Earthquakes Canada reported two seismic events Friday — a 5.1 magnitude earthquake at 9:43 a.m. near Shawville, QC and a second 4.1 magnitude quake in the same area 9:53 a.m.
A second quake was originally reported near Braeside, Ont., but those reports turned out to be inaccurate, says Alison Best, a seismologist with Earthquakes Canada.
Best told CBC Hamilton she was surprised that people felt the tremors as far away as Hamilton, but many people reported feeling them all over the city.
"I wouldn't expect too many people that far, but it is possible," Best told CBC Hamilton.
She says a 5.1 magnitude earthquake isn't terribly uncommon — in fact, there are several quakes around the world of that magnitude every day. "But here, that size is less common," she said.
Best says it's "possible but unlikely" that the region will see any bigger earthquakes Friday. It's more likely that there will be small aftershocks closer to the epicentre," she said.
"The larger an earthquake is, the further away you feel it," Brest said. "For a two or three magnitude earthquake you'd have to be right on top of it, and a for a five you'd have to be a couple of hundred kilometres away."
Many people from all over the city have reported feeling the earth move just before 10 a.m.:
Earthquake in Westdale just now? #hamont— Allison Sekuler (@asek47) May 17, 2013