Extreme cold causes 'frost quakes' in Ontario

The Ottawa River at Bate Island, Friday January 3, 2014. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

The Ottawa River at Bate Island, Friday January 3, 2014. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Nick Gardiner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:25 PM ET

BROCKVILLE, Ont. — You can add another item to the list of things that go bump in the night.

The early winter’s extreme cold has created a series of early-morning “frost quakes” across Ontario that have frightened many people who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon.

Social media were abuzz this week with reports of the sudden, booming noises that many people mistake for ice smashing off their roof or something smacking the side of their house.

 


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