When the magnitude 5.0 event actually happened at 1:41 p.m., those best laid plans fell apart.
The Earthquakes Canada website crashed within minutes. So did phone lines to the government seismologists. (The Government Operations Centre, a federal nerve centre for disasters, was reduced to regurgitating news lifted from media websites.)
Looks like we got the Canadian version of a Wikileaks release!
This has happened before. They centralize everything, and it all comes in like a big sewer flood! The system always crashes. Then they bump it up 10% and say it will never happen again. When the earthquake happened, I got all my information from Twitter, and the US site. My blog went up to 10,000 hits! When we have our Toronto earthquake expect some real fun! :)