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Canada's 'frost quakes' a cold weather phenomenon in Ontario

Canada's 'frost quakes' show up in Toronto due to extreme weather conditions
Canada's 'frost quakes' show up in Toronto due to extreme weather conditions
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Canada is experiencing startling "frost quakes," a particular cold weather phenomenon that comes about when temperatures dramatically drop, soil moisture freezes, ice expands, ground cracks, and, finally, loud booms are heard. This situation, also known as cryoseism, is currently taking place near Toronto and all over Ontario.

According to Yahoo! News Canada on Jan. 3, the Canadian "frost quakes" that are common in polar regions on glaciers sound like gunfire, a sonic boom, or even a loud ruckus on the roof.

Citizens in this North American country, unaccustomed to this phenomenon, are calling police to report the noise but are told that the sounds and shakes are weather related and not to be alarmed.

Still, this occurrence can be shocking as folks in Indiana discovered during the winter of 2011.

On Feb. 10th of that year, WTHR in Indianapolis by way of Accuweather stated, "Cryoseisms are often very localized events, but multiple quakes can happen over a particular area. This may explain why people in multiple counties in Indiana felt 'frost quakes' in the early morning hours [on that date]."

This year, Ontario is the target as far as residential locations are concerned. Meteorologists who understand this outcome of the weather in the right conditions explain that "...recent ice storms, thaws and deep freezes have created...the frost quakes that have caused public consternation and even alarm."

And so, as Canada's "frost quakes" continue to scare Canadians in Ontario, Mother Nature is at work causing a cold weather phenomenon not typical of weather conditions in that part of the world.

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