WTF Was That?!

Posted 2010.06.23 14.12 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Sitting here at about 13:44, minding my own business, when suddenly I get this wave of sorta-dizziness. My desk started shaking back and forth, and I felt like I was shaking back and forth.

It was sort of  a single strong sensation, then a pause, then a series of smaller shaking sensations, that quickly died out. I’d say it was 10 seconds at most, from start to finish.

At first I thought I was losing it, but then I saw that Misha had felt it too, she was looking around all alarmed, but as it died out she quickly settled down and went back to sleep.

Turns out, it was a small earthquake. Reports are it was felt across central Canada, from Ottawa to Toronto, even into Ohio.

So yeah, I survived the big 2010 Ontario Earthquake.


  1. Lezley says:

    …and in Markham? NOTHING. Zero.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I can remember two other earthquakes in the area, and I missed both of those, so I’m very happy to have experienced this one.

    Once I knew I wasn’t hallucinating, I figured in order for the ground to shake it must have been either a train derailment, an airplane crash, or an earthquake. So I stuck my head out the window and didn’t hear any explosions, screaming, or sirens, so I figured it had to be an earthquake.

    Now I want more – if that was a 5.0, let’s try a 6.0… or instead of 10 seconds, lets try a minute!

  3. Lezley says:

    I was at my parents house for the last earthquake in Ontario (that I actually felt) and the house shook pretty well and all the glass jangled in the buffet…

    I said, “Wow, an earthquake!:
    My Dad said, “No way, maybe a gas station exploded!”

    That was before my parents had the internet and we scrolled the radio to try and find some mention of what had happened.

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