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Earthquake rattles towns in the Ottawa Valley


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 10:53 AM - Towns in the Ottawa Valley were rattled by an earthquake Tuesday evening.

Natural Resources Canada confirmed the tremor, giving it a rating of Magnitude 3.8. It struck a little after 7:30 p.m.

While quakes of that magnitude are usually too weak to cause any noticeable damage, they can still be felt, and NRCAN says it was felt in Pembroke and Petawawa.

The Barry's Bay-based Valley Gazette newspaper reported it was felt during a council meeting in the town of Killaloe.

The tectonic makeup of the region is such that earthquakes are relatively common in the area, though most are not felt by residents.

However, there are some exceptions, such as the Magnitude 5.0 quake that struck near Ottawa in 2010.

The National Post says that quake was the strongest in the region in 65 years, and was felt in parts of Ontario and Quebec. Minor damage was reported in Ottawa, and some buildings were also damaged in neighbouring Quebec, including a bridge.

SOURCES: NRCAN | National Post

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