Updated: Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Hits Near Amherstburg

Thursday April 19th, 2018

Posted at 8:16pm

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The location of the earthquake looking west towards Amherstburg (Mockup: Google Earth)

Last updated: Thursday April 19th, 11:43pm

Windsor and Essex County’s first earthquake in years struck near Amherstburg, Thursday evening.

The US Geological Survey has confirmed a magnitude 3.6 earthquake hit Windsor and Essex County at 8:01pm, Thursday evening.

The quake struck in the area of Alma Street and the 5th Concession in Amherstburg, at a depth of 5km. Readers initially reported the quake may have been near the Amherstburg Quarry, however official reports confirm it struck more than 3km away from the quarry. There’s no indication the earthquake resulted from any activity at the quarry.

The earthquake was felt in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Windsor, Essex, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Kingsville, Leamington, and there are some reports it was felt in Chatham as well.

Amherstburg Fire Chief Bruce Montone says no damage has been reported in the municipality but there’s a risk of aftershocks.

“Aftershocks are possible but none have been felt so far,” he said. “Anyone who has sustained large amount of damage to property or any injuries should call 911.”

Amherstburg officials have been in contact with the Fermi Nuclear Plant in Michigan. Montone says the plant has in fact been shut down since last weekend and is at no risk of damage from the earthquake.

No injuries or damage have been reported county-wide as a result of the earthquake.

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