Some Canadians in Montreal started the week off shaky after being hit by a 3.9-magnitude earthquake. The earthquake occurred at 7:03 a.m. near Joliette, roughly an hour northeast of Montreal. According to Earthquakes Canada, it was felt by viewers in Laval, Saint-Bruno-de Montarville, and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Earthquakes Canada posted on their Twitter at 7:18 a.m. EDT. with details on the seismic event. Christine Rowe an associate professor of geology at McGill University explained “We don’t really know where all of them are so most of the time when we have an earthquake, it’s a little bit of a surprise,”
They also noted that earthquakes between the magnitude of 3.5 to 5.4 are usually felt but will rarely cause any real damage. In this event, no damaged was reported to officials and the epicenter was recorded at a depth of 18 kilometers.
The largest earthquake to ever hit this region was on September 16, 1732, estimated to be a 5.8 magnitude. More than 4,000 earthquakes are reported in Canada by Earthquakes Canada with only 50 being felt.
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