Note: the content of this blog entry will be updated steadily as more information emerges
Twitter is abuzz with reports of an earthquake at around 1:45 PM in the Hamilton area. I felt about 20 seconds of significant vibration in my third floor office building in the King/James area.
Reports of the earthquake have come in from Dundas, Glanbrook, Brantford, Lowville, Mississauga, Toronto, Ottawa and the northeastern USA as well.
The HWDSB evacuated its office at Main St. and Bay St., but the building was reopened after emergency services investigated it. The Ontario government also evacuated its office in the Ellen Fairclough building.
In Ottawa, the Globe and Mail evacuated their Ottawa Bureau office.
The explosion in communication following the earthquake also seems to be congesting mobile phone phone networks, as reports are coming in from people who cannot connect on their cell phones.
The dedicated folks at Wikipedia have already posted a page on the incident, though it's currently little more than a stub.
With a severe storm warning for later this evening, southern Ontarians may be forgiven for thinking the earth has it in for them.
The City of Toronto issued a press release regarding the earthquake. The City of Hamilton just issued a press release as well:
The City of Hamilton Earthquake
Following an initial assessment, there has been no major damage to City infrastructure. Further investigations are taking place to confirm. Horizon Utilities have reported that there has been no damage to their infrastructure or interruptions to service.
The City's Emergency Operations Centre has not bee activated but city staff are monitoring the situation and can respond to this event if necessary. We will continue to monitor the situation and will report as necessary.
Residents should follow the instructions of their building management.
At this time the City has received no calls concerning bridge, building or other infrastructure problems.
For more information on earthquakes please see http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/knw/ris/eq-eng.aspx.
Meanwhile, Toronto has hastened to take ownership of the earthquake even though its epicenter was several hundred kilometres away.