UPDATE-VIDEO: Amherstburg Mayor Says Earthquake Sounded Like Something Exploded
Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and his family lives near the old quarry off Richmond St. He says it hasn't blasted in quite some time and they usually notify neighbours but the sound and the vibration didn't compare to past explosions. "Similar to an explosion that you might have at the quarry but much more intense, you could really feel things moving and even after the initial boom and heavy vibration," says DiCarlo, who was in his basement at the time of the earthquake. He tells AM800 News the town's attention immediately turned to the Fermi II Nuclear Reactor in Michigan.
Amherstburg resident Scott Deslippe lives about a kilometre from the epicentre of the #earthquake... he thought a plane crashed outside of his house. "Everything shook. The ground, the windows, everything." @CTVWindsor @CTVNews @USGS pic.twitter.com/AU1PyTXrOu— Sacha Long (@SachaLongCTV) April 20, 2018
"We called them right away and they picked up, assured us nothing was happening on their end," says DiCarlo. "We were able to confirm the earthquake, got to test out our emergency response plan, our texting alert system worked well and we had many residents confirm they received a message."
Amherstburg has activated its emergency communications system. Residents should have received some form of notification through text, phone and/or email. There is no risk of damage or threat but there may be some aftershocks from the initial earthquake. pic.twitter.com/yuUGzT7vgD— Aldo DiCarlo (@Aldo_DiCarlo) April 20, 2018
East Windsor resident Coleen Muir tells AM800 News she was watching the hockey game with her husband when rumbling started nearly 30km away. "We thought, okay, is that a motorcycle inside a garage, but no," says says. "We hear the rumbling and a few dishes shaking, but when you stood up you could actually feel the house shake. You could hear the rumbling, and it was loud because had the hockey game loud but we heard that rumbling over it." Line Gallant lives in downtown Windsor, she was walking around in her kitchen and wasn't sure what to make of what happened. "It was the south wall, the outside wall and it felt like that was being shaken. It was like all the shingles on my house were rattling," added Gallant. Emergency responders and community officials from throughout Essex County took to Twitter to assure residents no damage or injuries have been reported.
An earthquake has been confirmed in the Town of Amherstburg. The epicenter of the earthquake was just outside the town core and was felt across Essex County. At this time no damage has been reported and Amherstburg Emergency Services are monitoring the municipality. pic.twitter.com/jf9uUxWGh2— Amherstburg Fire (@Aburg_Fire) April 20, 2018
#OPP have received several reports of an earthquake in the #Amherstburg #Lasalle #Essex area. @USGS have confirmed an earthquake occurred. Residents might have felt their houses shake or what sounded like an explosion occur. There is no risk to public safety at this time. ^ag pic.twitter.com/AOZJI6LSwU— OPPCommunicationsWR (@OPP_COMM_WR) April 20, 2018
No reports of injuries or damage as of this post have been received by our service. https://t.co/ojUprzKffj— Windsor Police (@WindsorPolice) April 20, 2018
3.6 magnitude earthquake originated SSW of Amherstburg no injuries or damage reported in Windsor. *JL— Windsor Fire (@WindsorFire1) April 20, 2018
Amherstburg has utilized the Amherstburg Alert Mass Notification System. If you did not receive our message sign up at https://t.co/tSj8lEwcfQ to stay informed.— Amherstburg Fire (@Aburg_Fire) April 20, 2018