Small earth­quake hits Port Col­borne

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­A­GARA THIS WEEK

If you heard a lit­tle rum­bling Fri­day morn­ing in Port Col­borne, it wasn’t rolling thun­der.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey is re­port­ing a small earth­quake oc­curred about nine kilo­me­tres west of the city.

The magnitude 2.1 event was con­sid­ered mi­nor. It oc­curred west-south-west of Port Col­borne at 7:04 a.m.

A seis­mol­o­gist es­ti­mates the quake struck at a depth of three kilo­me­tres and was re­ported by at least one mem­ber of the public.

Earth­quakes mea­sur­ing 2.1 on the Richter scale are quite com­mon, oc­cur­ring nearly a mil­lion times a year.

Such events are often not even no­ticed and are often mis­taken for other phe­nom­ena such as thun­der.

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