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Earthquake centered in Godmanchester shakes the Valley

Social media came alive shortly after 7:30 a.m. this morning as Valley residents checked in to see if they were the only ones who felt the ground shake.

According to Earthquakes Canada, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck around 7:37 a.m. in the municipality of Godmanchester, with the epicenter located between the Chemin Walsh and the 4e Rang.

The Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) also reported a 3.2 magnitude earthquake, located around seven kilometres outside of Huntingdon, at a depth of around 7.4 kilometres.

Area residents who reported the quake said they heard a loud bang and some rumbling while experiencing a brief period of mild shaking. Several noted experiencing a second, smaller rumble a few minutes later.


IMAGE Earthquakes Canada


Outside the Chateauguay Valley, reports suggest those living in Hawkesbury and Cornwall, Ontario, felt the quake, as well as residents in Montreal and Laval, and even as far North as Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. Across the border, people in Malone, New York, and much of Franklin County also reported experiencing the earthquake.

According to the USGS, smaller earthquakes are felt in the Western Quebec Seismic Zone around three or four times per year. They rarely cause any damage.




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