t's confirmed. A 5.0 earthquake hit Ontario at approximately 1:42 p.m. Originally it was rated as a 5.5 magnitude earthquake, but has since been downgraded to a 5.0.
The quake hit just north of Ottawa and managed to rumble areas across the province including Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
The quake lasted for about 30 seconds in Ottawa and rattled several downtown buildings. Some government employees have been sent home in Ottawa as the power was knocked out in parts of the downtown core. There have been reports of paintings falling off walls, some broken windows, toppled chimneys and a TV falling off its stand.
Right now it looks as if the quake was felt as far away as Chicago.
According to meteorologists at The Weather Network an aftershock is possible, but it probably won't be anything too significant. It may be felt around Ottawa, but it's difficult to say when the aftershocks will take place. It could be hours from now.
We'll have more details as this story unfolds.