TORONTO - An earthquake in Toronto with a 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale shook office towers in Toronto near the G20 summit and forced the evacuation of some workers.
The seismic tremor was felt during lunchtime at about 1:45 p.m. and seems to have lasted for over 15 seconds. According to the geological data the epicenter was located about 60 kilometers north of the capital in Ottawa Ontario.
In downtown Toronto, the earthquake had more of an impact on the hi-rises causing them to sway more than the base of the building which forced some employees to leave their workplace.
Cellular mobile technology was affected as phone calls were not ringing through and reception was intermittent after the tremors were verified as an earthquake.
“I was looking out my window from my desk when I saw the building swaying, the paintings on the wall shook and some books fell off the shelf, there was rumbling sound and my thoughts immediately went to the G20 summit held not far from here, and that perhaps there was a possible disturbance there.." said Mr. MJ Dobis, a marketing executive in downtown Toronto.
Tentions are high with the protests and bomb squad presence at the G20 summit that has fenced out most of the downtown core. There have been no reports of damage or any injuries with the recent earthquake disturbance but sometimes an earthquake has foreshocks that may increase in magnitude.