March 17, 2011 by staff
Again. An earthquake between Ottawa and Montreal shakes the ground for about 10 seconds when it struck a few kilometers east of Hawkesbury, Ont., and Wednesday around 1:36 p.m.
The earthquake was felt up to 100 kilometers – in places like Ottawa, Cornwall, Ontario and the western suburbs of Montreal.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
The victim was a notable website Earthquakes Canada, the federal supervisory body.
The last time there was an earthquake in the region, last June; the federal government site has been completely frozen.
This time he was only partially paralyzed.
Many visitors seeking information after the earthquake have been greeted with blank screens. In 14 hours the site was an opportunity to work, but only intermittently. It seems to work again later in the afternoon.
Bugs brought back memories of last year’s 5.0 earthquake, where staff members scrambled for more than two hours to find a temporary solution and it took four hours before the entire site was back in order walk.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information, revealed that the federal site was invaded by the application last year.
At the time, an official of Natural Resources Canada has admitted the incident has raised questions about how well prepared the agency is to communicate with Canadians online in the event of sudden natural disaster – like an earthquake or a tsunami.
The ministry said Wednesday it was to make improvements to the website in phases, and that the capacity increases.
He also said that despite some complications on Wednesday, the site has managed to provide information about 1.7 million visitors per hour. In addition, the government has used Twitter to keep the public informed.
“Other improvements – such as the phased plan – are implemented and will be completed within a short period of time,” said a ministry statement said spokesman Paul Duchesne.
More importantly, notification of emergency response organizations do not rely on the web server and are not affected by technical problems on Wednesday, he said.
Natural Resources Canada estimates that 100 to 150 earthquakes are recorded each year in the region, known as the Western Quebec seismic zone.
“Most of them are too small to be felt,” Stephen Halchuk, a seismologist Ministry said Wednesday. “Today’s event is a bit bigger.”
He said more earthquakes of 4.0 magnitudes that rumble in the area every two or three years.
“Today’s earthquake was widely felt in the region between Ottawa and Montreal, but certainly not big enough to do significant damage,” said Halchuk.
Regarding the site, Halchuk do not support.
But he said an increased volume of visitors at the time of the earthquake might have affected his performance.
“We had taken steps to improve our (website) capacity, so I’m not sure about the specific problems you may have seen today,” he said.
Like last year, the website of the U.S. Geological Survey has continued the operation on Wednesday and provided information on the earthquake.
The U.S. agency attached the magnitude at .7.
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