Some Canadian Glass Companies are Busier than
Usual After Ontario-Quebec Earthquake
June 24, 2010
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 5.0 earthquake
struck the Ontario-Quebec border region yesterday, and now some
glass companies in the area are finding themselves busy working
to repair damages. The earthquake, which had a depth of about 12
miles, was about 35 miles from Ottawa and 30 miles from Gatineau,
HERE to read more details about the earthquake).
John Wise, senior estimator with Ottawa Glass in Ottawa, said they
had received a number of calls this morning about cracked glass
"There was also a high-rise in the downtown area that had
several pieces of glass fall out," said Wise, adding that the
quake was not nearly as disastrous as it could have been. Wise said
in his estimation shops in the area are most likely receiving anywhere
from two to ten calls as a result of the earthquake.
"I would estimate that there were anywhere from 100-200 instances
of glass breakage [because of the earthquake] in the entire Ottawa
Valley region," said Wise.
In the case of an earthquake, unlike in instances of hurricanes,
there really is no way for glass companies to prepare.
"You try and have as much glass as you can in stock,"
says Wise. "As far as the manpower and scheduling, you take
the jobs you already have booked that might not be as critical and
hope the customer will allow you to postpone [that work] so you
can take on the others that may be dangerous."
But not all companies have been as busy. Greg Gaudreau, vice president
and general manager of M&T Glass in Ottawa, said for his company
yesterday's earthquake has not had a large impact on business.
"In North America buildings are constructed to withstand a
6 magnitude shake lasting about 45 seconds," he said, explaining
that yesterday's quake lasted about 30 seconds.
"The [glass] damage has been minor here. There were a few
pieces of broken glass in buildings," Gaudreau said. "It
was a pretty wicked shake, though; it's the sound that gets you.
It sounds like jets are flying right over head."
USGNN.com contacted a number of glass companies in the Montreal
area for comment as well, but businesses there are closed in honor
of Quebec National Day.
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