Important historic earthquakes in Canada

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Sechelt, Canada May 16 04:42 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • brakendale BC - no damage. Very quick. A second or two
  • Squamish - 2 seconds No damage 2 distinct bang noises in the house
  • Whistler - house shook - no damage
  • Whistler - No damage felt loud bang ~9:40pm that neighbors called me about
  • Whistler - A bang then some shaking like someone slamming a door but bigger- more like a tree falling on house. No damage
  • Pinecrest - First a loud noise and then a little shake. The couch I was on moved a little. It lasted only 2-3 seconds. No damage.
  • Garibaldi Highlands - Light shaking
  • Squamish, BC - Loud boom like thunder followed by 1 second of light shaking
  • Squamish, bc - I felt the shaking for 2-3 seconds
  • Whistler - Felt the shake for about a second but nothing moved or damaged
  • Whistler - Heard bang and house shuddered, thought tree had fallen. Lasted a few seconds. No damage.
  • EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada May 15 20:31 4.1 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada May 07 10:10 3.0 1 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada May 07 10:10 2.8 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mayo, Canada May 05 18:54 3.1 6 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada May 05 18:54 3.1 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada May 02 04:43 3.0 0 MAP
    EMSC St. Lawrence Valley Reg., Canada Apr 24 17:36 3.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS La Pocatiere, Canada Apr 24 17:36 2.5 12 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Apr 21 07:07 3.7 7 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Apr 21 07:07 3.7 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Amherstburg, Canada Apr 20 00:01 3.6 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Windsor - Very strong shaking
  • sterling heights - Felt my house shake...from the ground
  • Flat Rock - I felt my house shake for about 4 seconds
  • 48038 - 8:02 PM a moderate shake that lasted 8-10 seconds
  • ontario - about 5 minutes ago. lasted 20 seconds tops. felt the ground shake... felt it thru the house
  • Livonia - About 6-8 seconds
  • Windsor - Lasted about 5 seconds
  • Allen Park - It shook for 10 seconds
  • Maidstone - Light shaking
  • Dearborn - shook entire house for about 3 damage to property noted
  • Amherstburg, On - Light shaking
  • Essex - 4 seconds at 8:05 pm
  • Leamington - Approx 8pm felt a whooshing vibration
  • Amherstburg - Moderate shaking
  • amherstburg - no damage, one big shock over 4 seconds, started slow rumble then ended big
  • woodhaven - several seconds--with air roaring noise/sonic boom
  • Windsor - Light shaking
  • Trenton - Shaking accompanied by loud noise lasted around 5 seconds
  • LASALLE - Light shaking
  • windsor - Moderate shaking
  • Windsor, ontario - Moderate shaking
  • Windsor - Weak shaking
  • Wyandotte, Michigan - No property damage. 5-8 seconds
  • Windsor - Moderate shaking
  • Amherstburg - 30 seconds
  • Windsor - I felt the quake from basement. I thought the washing machine went wrong. I also doubted it might by earthquake. I ran out of my house, seeing some of my neighbours were outside asking what was happenning.
  • Roseville - No damage that i know of but felt vibration for about 10 seconds. Thought it was a close plane or something.
  • Amherstburg - Strong shaking
  • Lasalle - Moderate shaking
  • Windsor - Loud rumbling and it felt like everything was vibrating (floors, etc.)
  • Amherstburg Ontario - Weak shaking
  • Lakeshore,Ontario - Weak shaking
  • Windsor - 1 second or so, thought I was just crazy til someone posted about it on Facebook.
  • Amherstburg - Light shaking
  • Windsor - Thought someone slammed or dropped something in another room of our house.
  • Amherstburg Ontario - Moderate shaking
  • Amherstburg ontario - Strong shaking
  • Amherstburg, On - At about 8 p.m. house started to rattle and I could feel the trembling right through my knees, and within no more than 5 seconds the sound erupted into a huge exploding a comet exploding. I thought that something in the house had exploded. No signs of damage or aftershock at this point.
  • Windsor - Sound like a large explosion lasting extraordinarly long almost immediately after a short shake of less than half a second around 8 pm
  • Riverview,MI - a good min 30 seconds but no damage
  • Clinton township - Very weak shaking
  • Woodhaven - Lasted for about 30 seconds heard a rumble and my apartment building shook, I ran out because I thought we had a explosion
  • Amherstburg - Ran outside and everyone was outside
  • Riverview - Felt a significant jolt and a boom sound.
  • Leamington - Just slight shaking for a few seconds
  • Allen Park - Just like a truck hit the house. Just lasted a moment.
  • woodhaven - More like a quick jolt 1 second. Like a train nearby coupling up.
  • Windsoor - Felt house shake for about 10 sec. no damage . Made a big bang
  • Tecumseh - I was standing at work in the pharmacy and the concrete floor started shaking and the pill bottles on the shelves were vibrating back and forth. Felt like a giant plane landed right beside us or something!
  • Windsor - It sounded like a BIG jet closing in on my residence, the sound growing louder and louder, causing me alarm. Then just like that, it trailed off and all was quiet, leaving me wondering what the heck was that? So I checked the news, just in case it was some terrorist explosion which took down a large building or the start of WW3! It lasted only 10-15 seconds, didn't cause much if any shaking - it was more of a loud rumble, causing vibrations.
  • Harrow - Was sitting on the couch n heard a loud rumble n felt the house shake..about 10 sec
  • Amherstburg, Ontario - Was standing in kitchen when the floor began to rumble below me; within a few seconds the rumbling grew into a sonic boom type of noise which felt as if my furnace or something very nearby had exploded. I ran outside thinking it might have been a plane or a comet exploding, but all was quiet...Rather unsettling until I read here that it was an earthquake...
  • Windsor Ontario - Felt like a large plane or motor cycle near my house then a large explosive sound. Everything in the house shook and felt like my bed would break. Lasted about 15 secs and quickly left. Didn’t know what happens thought something in the basement exploded at first but then relized it wasn’t an earth quake.
  • Melvindale,Michigan - Mild shaking was at my Curio Cabinet putting stuff away, for about 3 seconds cabinet vibrating.I live on the 7th floor of a Gov.Built Seniors building.Came here to check out report,about 20 25 Min.ago
  • Harper Woods - It was 10-15 seconds
  • Windsor - Id say it lasted somewhere around 15-20 seconds? Feel the deep shake and rumble. We live on the flight path and we hear planes when they're low...but this felt and sounded like it was landing in the park across the street.
  • taylor michigan - to me it sounded like a load hum but i knew it wasnt right so i went outside and other neighbors were wonderi g what happened.lasted maybe 15-20seconds
  • harrow - literally shook us while sitting in our living room---quite a loud rumbling noise at the same time---thought it was an earthquake--we live near lake erie
  • St. Clair Beach - heard a rumbling noise that got louder and louder, as the sound dissipated, the entire house shook, went outside to find all my neighbors were out there, each had the same experience
  • Leamington - Was in the basement at the time. The rumbling was the loudest I'd ever heard for an earthquake. Lasted a good 30 seconds.
  • Southgate, MI - Light shaking
  • amherstburg - 5 seconds of shaking with a very loud noise like an explosion. Quite unexpected in this area.
  • Southgate - Felt a rumbling for about 15 seconds or so. I jokingly asked my husband if he felt that earthquake. I thought it was maybe some heavy equipment or something falling at the highway overpass the county is working on nearby.
  • Amherstburg - No damage, probably 5 seconds long.
  • Gibraltar, Michigan - About 8:00 p.m. it sounded like a really big explosion, the windows rattled and the house shook with a rumbling for about 5 or 6 seconds. We ran outside looking for smoke and listening for sirens but found only neighbors also wondering what happened.
  • Leamington - It lasted a few seconds was wondering what that loud noise and shaking was ?
  • Woodhaven - Condo rumbled hard for 3 seconds at 8:07 pm thought it might be earthquake or meteorite
  • Amherstburg - There was a very loud boom like a natural gas explosion, or plane crash. The floor and house shook for approx. 15 to 30 seconds. There was low rumbling sound after the explosion sound. Thought a house had blown up. No damage in house but did not check outside.
  • Tecumseh Ontario - Shaking was moderate and seemed to end with a loud noise. Very scary!
  • Amherstburg - No damage. Couple of glasses fell on a shelf. Lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Southgate, Michigan - Heard loud rumbling, shook my house, definitely felt it. At first thought it was sonic boom, but then knew it was earthquake. Lasted about 30-45 seconds.
  • Amherstburg - Moderate shaking
  • Lasalle - Moderate shaking
  • Taylor - Weak shaking
  • LaSalle, ON - Sudden and short lived rumble, vibration, dull noise like a loud heavy truck outside our door except in floors not just walls, kind of like tremors from salt mine blasts we used to hear/feel many years ago.
  • Puce Ontario - I thought a helicopter landed in the yard. by the time I went outside it stopped!
  • Tilbury - It sounded like a bunch of people stomping on the stairs for quite a few seconds, then like aomeone was forcefully pounding on the door. Loud. Then mild shaking.
  • Kingsville - About 5 seconds of big bang and shaking that felt like someone crashed into house.
  • Amherstburg - Moderate shaking
  • Malden Centre - Strong shaking
  • Amherstburg - damn i walked outside and everyone on my street was outside like WTF JUST HAPPEND sounded and felt as if a monster gave birth on my backyard
  • Windsor - Sounded like something hit the ground. Felt like a huge dump truck. Shook the ground under my feet. Glasses were shaking for maybe 20 seconds. Neighbors around felt it too. Very scary.
  • grosse ile, MI - I see no damage. The house shook so hard that I really thought someone had hit our house with a large vehicle. I ran outside, and seeing nothing, figured it was another meteorite or an airplane crash.
  • Harper Woods - Lasted approximately 20 seconds. Thought it was a large truck then thought furnace, then realized the sound and strength were sustained at same level throughout. (Didn’t feel or sound like something was moving further away or increasing; sound/strength plateaued.)
  • Amherstburg - Moderate shaking
  • Windsor - Shaking didn’t last long at all. It was more of a Big Bang heard more than anything. No damage that I can see.
  • Windsor - Shaking followed by big explosion sound like something big hit the house.
  • Windsor, Ontario - Loud low rumbling sound coming from basement (as if a train was coming through the house). Walls and floors shook.
  • La Salle - I've never felt anything that strong ever. My house shook for only 10-15 seconds. It scared the crap out of me. It even made my dog bark. I haven't looked outside for damage or movement yet.
  • Pleasantview - Small boom then vibration for less then 1 second
  • Harrow - I was at work and i heard a loud rumbling and the ovens started rattling viciously. The whole building was shaking for about 30 seconds.
  • La Salle - After the house stopped shaking and the rumbling sound dissipated I looked outside for a house explosion or something else exploded. The rumbling and shaking lasted about 10-15 seconds.
  • Amherstburg - House was shaking and the rumble was very loud. Sounded like a jet was landing. No damage has been found. Lasted about 30 seconds.
  • Woodhaven - About 3 seconds
  • amherstburg - Moderate shaking
  • Dearborn Heights - I live right near the airport and thought it might have been a plane but I didn't hear a plane I just heard a small rumbling and then my house shook for about 5 Seconds with the rumbling continuing about another five seconds.
  • Windsor - Sounded like a low flying jet almost a grinding and then a thump, floor began shaking' it lasted maybe 10 seconds, 04/19/2018 around 8:00 PM
  • amherstburg - 5 secs?
  • Essex, Ontario - 10 seconds of shaking, LOUD BOOMING rumble, glass in cabinets was rattling, no damage, we thought there was an explosion or an airplane had crashed.
  • Windsor - I expected to experience this in LA when I vacationed there years ago but...WINDSOR< ON???? Never. I was sitting at the pc after got home from work yesterday. When I heard a rumble & felt the earth shake. It felt like something nearby had just exploded or a big truck had crashed into something. My room-mate said it felt like a fighter jet taking off from the nearby airport. He even went & looked out the front door expecting to see 1 in the air, but by then EVERYTHING was quiet - even the birds.
  • Trenton - No Damage, about 20-30 seconds. Windows and walls shook
  • amherstburg - lasted 40 sec's. felt like an explosion or a weird cracking sound then long rumbling. honestly thought something very close to the house had exploded. our house moved and floors were vibrating even on the second floor the house was shaking.
  • Taylor - We were shaking with a loud humming sound for about 90 seconds
  • Windsor - Lasted 3-4 seconds, I was in the basement of my house and could tell the upper part of the house was shaking. There was no distinct noise.
  • Reed City - We were sitting on the couch, and heard a fairly loud rumbling, with a bit of shaking, thinking it was a Semi that goes thru for Yoplait, but never saw the truck, lasted about 6-8 seconds
  • USGS Haines Junction, Canada Apr 12 23:44 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Apr 12 23:44 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Whitehorse - Light shaking
  • USGS Ucluelet, Canada Apr 04 14:52 3.0 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northern Yukon Territory, Canada Apr 04 05:20 3.1 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Apr 03 16:36 4.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Apr 03 16:36 3.8 12 MAP
    EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 03 04:21 4.2 10 MAP
    GEOFON Vancouver Island, Canada Region Apr 03 04:21 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Apr 02 03:04 2.8 10 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Apr 02 03:03 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Mar 20 10:20 3.2 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Mar 20 10:20 3.2 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Mar 19 18:26 2.5 0 MAP
    USGS Ucluelet, Canada Mar 15 06:27 2.7 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Saint John, Canada Mar 14 22:19 2.5 12 MAP
    USGS Langford, Canada Mar 07 06:06 2.5 27 MAP
    EMSC Vancouver Island, Canada Region Mar 01 18:35 4.2 10 MAP
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Mar 01 18:35 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ucluelet, Canada Feb 14 17:49 2.7 4 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 03 07:19 3.1 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 02 07:02 2.5 1 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 01 14:18 2.7 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 01 14:17 2.6 1 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 01 13:40 3.8 5 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 01 13:40 3.9 11 MAP
    EMSC Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Feb 01 13:40 3.8 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Feb 01 13:40 3.8 4 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jan 30 18:40 2.8 0 MAP
    EMSC Baffin Island Region, Canada Jan 26 03:48 3.9 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC British Columbia, Canada Jan 25 02:31 3.7 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Princeton, Canada Jan 21 22:15 2.5 0 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jan 21 02:47 3.0 0 MAP
    USGS Old Crow, Canada Jan 19 16:14 3.5 13 MAP
    USGS Old Crow, Canada Jan 19 16:14 3.3 7 MAP
    USGS Haines Junction, Canada Jan 18 02:47 4.2 4 MAP
  • Port Orchard - Three to five seconds, a pause, and then a few more seconds of tremors.
  • USGS Old Crow, Canada Jan 17 03:51 2.7 0 MAP
    USGS Princeton, Canada Jan 14 22:12 2.7 0 MAP
    USGS Port Hardy, Canada Jan 14 20:25 4.0 10 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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