Earthquake Toronto, California Struck Within 24 Hours [REPORT & TWITTER REACTIONS]

By Staff Reporter on May 17, 2013 2:24 PM EDT

Earthquake Toronto, California
An earthquake in Toronto and California occurred less than 24 hours apart. (Photo: Google)

An earthquake in Toronto was reported Friday morning. According to reports, the 5.1 magnitude earthquake's epicenter is located just west of Ottawa, 13 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec.

According to reports, the quake was felt as far as Toronto, the largest city in Canada, as well as the upstate New York-Vermont border. Thankfully, no major damage has been reported.

"The earthquake lasted approximately 15 seconds," said a Canadian environmental official.

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While the Toronto earthquakes were of no grave concern, the Natural Resources Canada could not explain the cause of the shock.

"Eastern Canada is part of the stable interior of the North American Plate. Seismic activity in areas like these seems to be related to the regional stress fields, with the earthquakes concentrated in regions of crustal weakness."

Recounting past incidents, Natural Resources Canada said, "A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred within the same region during June 2010. An earthquake measuring about 6.0 occurred in the region in 1935."

A rare tremor, residents expressed interest rather than alarm after experiencing the shock.

"I heard a rumbling sound and my house and the things in it. I have things on my kitchen counters -- they started to move, the plants in my house started to shake. The water in my aquarium moved around and my fish got really nervous," said a resident of the Toronto suburb Richmond Hill.

Some residents quickly reached for their twitter accounts to share the events that occurred. Approaching the event with a rather lighthearted reaction, here were some tweets posted following the Earthquake In Toronto:

Angela Coates ‏@aclewscoates55s

Earth quake or just drank too much last night..... #thatsnotalthatssteve @quinoaholic pic.twitter.com/TIXbF5EOcV

PennyKanggarn ‏@PennyKanggarn10m

Am I the only one that didn't feel the earth quake?

FCG ‏@TheFcG10m                                                      

What quake? Sorry busy working.

Brittany ‏@brittany_s2042m

Anybody else switch bodies with their mothers after the earth quake this morning? #freakyfriday @keadyelliott

Ian Lynch ‏@ian8inchlynch3h

That wasn't an earthquake. That was just my family jumping up and down when we found out the liquor store wasn't going to strike.

An uncommon double incident, an earthquake occurred in California, one mile from Niland, at 9:38 p.m. last night. What's more, a shallow magnitude 3.0 shockwave occurred in the last ten days as well. The data was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Niland, California, is approximately 2,800 miles from Ottawa, Canada.

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