Vermonters feel shocks from minor Canadian quakeThe Associated Press | October 11,2012BURLINGTON — People in northern Vermont were awakened early Wednesday by a minor earthquake that struck in Canada more than 100 miles away.
The temblor was reported near Montreal at 12:19 a.m., causing some buildings to rumble for a few seconds and sending people scurrying briefly from their houses. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
People in Vermont took to Facebook and Twitter to report they could feel the quake’s shocks as far away as Montpelier and Bristol.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 3.9.
The earthquake occurred in the Western Quebec Seismic Zone, where people “have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from larger ones for three centuries,” the USGS said.
The two largest damaging earthquakes in that zone took place in 1935 at the northwestern end of the zone and in 1732 in the southeastern end of the zone, where a 6.2 magnitude quake caused significant damage in Montreal.
“Earthquakes cause damage in the zone about once a decade. Smaller earthquakes are felt three or four times a year,” the USGS said.
The last significant earthquake to affect Vermont was on June 24, 2010. The 5.0 magnitude quake was centered near the Quebec-Ontario border and felt as far away as Cleveland.MORE IN This Just InGMP to host talk on energy sources Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.