Earthquake in Canada rattles upstate NY, Vt.

June 23, 2010

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ALBANY, N.Y.—An earthquake centered in Canada was strong enough to rattle furniture across the state and was felt as far south as New York City.

There were no initial reports of any serious damage or injuries Wednesday from the 5.0 magnitude quake, which was centered about 40 miles north of Ottawa near the Ontario-Quebec border.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake happened at a depth of about 12 miles at 1:41 p.m. It lasted about 30 seconds.

"My dog picked his head up just before it happened and kind of looked at me," said Kellie Tassone, who was at her at home on Oneida Lake in the Syracuse area. Then the sliding door started to rattle "and the house was shaking."

David French said he was at his computer inside his Cicero home when he felt his chair shake.

"I thought the chair was breaking or something," he said. "I looked over and my filing cabinet was moving."

The quake was felt as far away as Michigan and Vermont. In New York, it prompted several calls to state police in Ray Brook in the Adirondacks.

"A little shake, nothing too big," said Trooper Mark Revette. "It happens. We get a couple of these a year."

New York City officials said 911 calls came in from all over the city about shaking buildings, but there were no reports of damage.

The Office of General Services, which manages state buildings across New York, said that an initial survey after the quake found no damage to their structures.

The quake rattled downtown buildings and homes in Ottawa and Toronto, as well as government offices across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec.

Several buildings in Toronto and the Ottawa region were evacuated.

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