Toronto Earthquake, June 23, 2010

I was sitting at my desk typing another post when my house shook.  I thought it was my neighbors washing machine, until he ran down to ask if I felt the house shake.  I turned to Twitter imediately and tweeted that I felt an earthquake, and the rest of the Toronto Twitterverse was blowing up with info.

I think that this is a direct result of the Gulf Oil Spill.  We are now at 65 days and there are reports that the spill won’t be capped until the Fall.  Why are we not more outraged?  Why is our government spending $1billion on the G20?  Why is our government debating allowing offshore drilling in the Artic, when it would be an even more catastrophic environmental disaster if a spill happens under the ice?  Why are we not spending time, energy and money on a renewable resource to substitute oil?

Friends and readers, I am urging you to step up and do what you can to help clean up the spill, urge your government to come up with a solution and prevent this from happening in the future.  For ways to get involved you can check my Show & Tell from last week or Care2 has posted 10 Ways You Can Lend a Hand

We only have one earth and we are killing her.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 5.5
Date-Time
Location 45.866°N, 75.457°W
Depth 15.7 km (9.8 miles) set by location program
Region ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA
Distances
  • 39 km (24 miles) N (356°) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
  • 45 km (28 miles) NNE (21°) from Gatineau, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 52 km (32 miles) NNE (26°) from Hull, Qu�bec, Canada
  • 53 km (33 miles) NNE (21°) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=283, Nph=283, Dmin=149 km, Rmss=0.91 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source
  • USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2010xwa7