Tremors rattle Toronto

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Dishes rattled and homes shook Wednesday morning as residents in Toronto and the surrounding area were shaken awake by a minor earthquake.

Dishes rattled and homes shook Wednesday morning as residents in Toronto and the surrounding area were shaken awake by a minor earthquake.

The Geological Survey of Canada confirmed that the rattling was a magnitude 3.0 earthquake that hit at 6:22 am (11:22 am BST) The quake was centred six miles northwest of Oshawa.

Janet Dr of Canada, said a magnitude three earthquake can be felt by people, but other than shaking dishes, there's rarely any serious damage.

"People would likely have heard it as well as feel it," she said. "They usually describe it as a clap of thunder, a truck hitting the side of a building or something like this."

Drysdale says there are usually two or three earthquakes a year in southern Ontario.

On January 1, a magnitude 5.2 tremor rumbled through the province, the strongest earthquake to hit Ontario in 65 years. That quake, centred near North Bay, was felt as far north as Haileybury and as far south as upstate New York.

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