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Many Greater Sudbury residents took to social media on Wednesday morning to ask if others fell the ground shaking.

Earthquakes Canada confirmed a 3.1 MN magnitude seismic event was recorded at about 9:03 a.m. on May 22 in the Greater Sudbury area. (CTV News Northern Ontario/Map Source: Google Earth)

Earthquakes Canada confirmed a 3.1 MN magnitude seismic event was recorded at about 9:03 a.m. on May 22 in the Greater Sudbury area.

Officials with Earthquakes Canada told CTV News that the seismic activity was related to mining activities at Vale’s Garson Mine site.

A Vale spokesperson told CTV News in an email that Garson Mine did experience a seismic event below the 5300 east mining level shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

“It is common for deep mines such as Garson to experience periods of increased seismic activity from time to time,” said Jonathan Laderoute, a communication specialist with Vale Base Metals.

“Seismicity can occur as part of mining, especially at significant depths.”

Vale said no injuries or equipment damage have been reported because of the event.

“Everyone in the mine has been accounted for and the affected area of the mine has been restricted,” said Laderoute.

“We are currently following our Significant Seismic Event protocol and will inspect affected areas when safe to do so.”

Vale said any residents with questions or concerns about this morning’s seismic can contact the company’s community concerns line at 705-222-VALE (8253).

A photo of the exterior of Vale's Garson Mine site from March 2022. (File photo/CTV News Northern Ontario)

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