- If you were woken up just after 3 a.m. last night thanks to a large bang rocking your house, you likely felt the earthquake in Montreal.
- It reached a 3.3 on the Richter and managed to crack the walls of some in the city.
- Take a look at the photos below.
Were you woken up by a huge bang just after 3 a.m. last night in Montreal? I sure was, and was convinced that someone in the apartment above me had fallen out of bed while sleeping. The sound was terribly loud and the bang shook the whole apartment. The thought of an earthquake in Montreal didn't even cross my mind, despite knowing that Southern Quebec is a hotspot of low-level seismic activity. It wasn't until I woke up and saw that Earthquakes Canada had confirmed the 3.3 level quake.
I then quickly went to Twitter where I saw that my experience was shared by a lot of other Montrealers.
Many people were saying that it really didn't feel like a quake, considering the lack of continued rumbling.
Some even suggested a meteor strike or a bomb as examples of what the bang felt like — don't worry, I called the SPVM and no bombs have been reported.
I was even more surprised to find that the earthquake had managed to cause hairline cracks in parts of my wall stemming from the windowsill, which is essentially at ground level since I live in a half-basement.
I was not alone in this either, another Montrealer shared the same type of fractures in her walls as well. Take a look at the pictures and reactions from people in the city below.
Earthquakes Canada confirmed the quake at around 4 a.m., less than an hour after the reported time of the earthquake itself.
Below it is noted as being a 3.2 magnitude, though on the website itself, Earthquakes Canada is reporting it as a 3.3.
EARTHQUAKE Mag=3.2 on 06 Mar at 03:22 EST. Details : https://t.co/NFh9x2sJhZ 9 km NE of Montreal, QC— Earthquakes Canada (@Earthquakes Canada) 1583485150.0
Earthquake just shifted our house. Never seen anything like this in my life before. #montreal #earthquake https://t.co/eUAAkVTEDc— Free Palestine 🇵🇸 (@Free Palestine 🇵🇸) 1583484939.0
The photos above show the damage to one woman's apartment where she's convinced the quake actually managed to shift her house, causing the hairline cracks in the walls.
When I woke up this morning I was quick to notice that there were actually a couple cracks — or more accurately, one long crack — in my bedroom, as well, stemming from a ground-level window (I live in a half-basement).
The crack starts from the window and snakes along to the corner and then up to where you can see it split off in both directions as it meets the ceiling.
earthquake in Montreal gone done cracked me walls!!!! window is essentially at ground level as I'm demi sous-sol. w… https://t.co/nRptNJIFCp— lvbs • not afraid to be wrong (@lvbs • not afraid to be wrong) 1583500143.0
Night owls in #Montreal explaining the 3AM #earthquake to our friends, family and coworkers tomorrow who were aslee… https://t.co/FsD0V9w6jZ— ye (@ye) 1583485099.0
I will say again that I really didn't think it was an earthquake when it happened.
It woke me up and scared the shit out of me, but I kept waiting to hear more action from the apartment above me where I was convinced someone had knocked over something heavy... or someone had fallen out of bed.
After five or so minutes of silence following the huge bang, I checked the clock, it read 3:28, and I decided I'd figure out what it was in the morning.
And it turns out that I was really not alone in this thinking. A ton of other people have since tweeted expressing that it felt like an explosion or bomb or something like a car had hit their house.
Thank you twitter for confirming that a truck did not just hit my house and that was definitely an earthquake in #Montreal!— Dr. Maeva Giraudo (@Dr. Maeva Giraudo) 1583483877.0
@CANADAquakes Felt it in boucherville, PQ I though a train had derailed.— lauramtl (@lauramtl) 1583497794.0
@CANADAquakes Me i was awake and the way i felt it didnt feel like earthquake. I heard a huge thing fall in my neig… https://t.co/4mqY88ytLS— Ghislain Couture (@Ghislain Couture) 1583490470.0
So, I felt it pretty hard here in #Anjou, #Montreal, #earthquake. Thought someone had crashed their car into my house!!!— Robert De Marco (@Robert De Marco) 1583483866.0
Details about the quake will continue to come in as more and more people who felt it take the time to report their experience.
Did you feel it? You can report what you felt, heard and saw here at Earthquakes Canada.
And if it turns out an asteroid did hit Montreal, we'll be sure to let you know.