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Earthquakes happen here often, but usually aren’t felt

A major earthquake rocked Turkey Monday morning and around the same time a minor quake was felt in the Golden Horseshoe.

So could a quake occur here? 

Data from Earthquakes Canada shows that dozens of earthquakes occur in Eastern Ontario every year. But nearly all have magnitudes of under 3, meaning they can be recorded by seismograph but are usually not felt by people.

Earthquake Canada’s website shows that a 1.3 magnitude quake happened 16 kilometres southeast of Limerick on Dec. 28.  

And a 1.1. magnitude quake took place in an area 13 kilometres southwest of Barry’s Bay early in the morning of Oct. 5. 

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The Bancroft and Barry’s Bay region is in Earthquake Canada’s Western Quebec Seismic Zone, where, the federal agency says, quakes happen, on average, every five days.

Its records show that there have been a few significant ones in history, including a 5.6 quake near Cornwall in 1944 that caused millions of dollars in damages. 

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