June 23 rd 2010 4 Comments Share Email Twitter Google+ Facebook LinkedIn Posted in: Miscellaneous More on the Earthquake: Official Data by Simon Fodden More posts by Simon » From the U.S. Geological Service: click image to enlarge I have to say that this is where Google’s real time updates comes into its own. I searched for [earthquake], hit “latest”, and the reports roll in at one a second. « Previous: Mild Earthquake Hits Toronto – Twitter and Wikipedia First to Report Next: Bookmarklet for Google’s Real-Time Search » Comments David Cheifetz June 23rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm Those who believe in such things will believe that this a comment by a mythical life form. Others will consider that it might be Gaia’s pointed comment on the G8/G20. The rest will remember that Quebec has a history of small shudders and Ottawa is on the border. Omar Ha-Redeye June 23rd, 2010 at 2:49 pm To add some science to David’s comment, here’s a map of seismic activity in Canada: The logical fallacy he refers to is known as post hoc ergo propter hoc. And although Twitter might have been the first to report, this is worth keeping in mind too: David Cheifetz June 23rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm It’m sure it’s telling (something, to someone) that the map shows no evidence of seismac hazard (aka earthquate problems) in Manitoba. In Winnipeg’s case, that’s probably a fair trade-off for floods, blackflies, and locusts (ok, ‘skitters’). The black-fly situation might explain Edmonton’s safety. I’ll leave Newfoundland alone. There’s no doubt no connection between the ovewhelmingly Orange overlay on southern Quebec and the historical fact tha that’s the part of Quebec most thickly settled by France. I’m still not moving to Flin Flin, or Saskatoon. David Cheifetz June 25th, 2010 at 7:30 pm What’s surprising is that, on this place, all of us forgot – or those who remembered didn’t think it worth mentioning: I’d go with the last if I’d remembered – that June 23, 2010, was the 20th anniversary of the death of Meech Lake. (I was reminded only because I finally got around to reading Wednesday’s Globe & Mail. There’s a article on p. 9.) In that context, it’s ironic that the quake started in Quebec and hit Ottawa early on.