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Earthquake in Canada rattles upstate New York

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SYRACUSE -- CNY Central’s newsroom has been flooded with calls from local residents who reported an earthquake early Wednesday afternoon.

We felt the same movement in our newsroom, and our news teams out in the community are saying the same thing. We have received calls and emails from people all over the area, ranging from Volney and Central Square in Oswego County to Liverpool, Syracuse, and Camillus in Onondaga County and even out to Herkimer and Ilion in Herkimer County. David French, a 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, says he was at his computer inside his home when he felt his chair shake.

The U.S. Geological Center reports that the epicenter was approximately 40-45 miles north of Ottawa, Canada and hit at 1:41:42 p.m. The USGC reports the quake registered a magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale and took place 12 miles below the Earth's surface. The tremors reportedly lasted from 45 seconds to a minute in many places.

There are no reports of any serious damage or injuries as a result of this earthquake.

According to CNY Central Chief Meteorologist Wayne Mahar, the largest earthquake on record in New York State was a 5.8 on the Richter scale on September 5, 1944. That quake was centered near Massena in St. Lawrence County.

People from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St. Lawrence River say pets were startled and plates rattled at about 1:45 p.m. One viewer, Bill Fleming in Bayberry (Town of Clay), reported the first movements at around 1:43.

CNN tells us that the tremors could be felt throughout the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

CNY Central is also making phone calls to the National Earthquake Information Center for more information.

The quake also prompted several calls to state police in Ray Brook in the Adirondacks.

If you felt any of these tremors, please feel free to leave a comment below and tell us what happened.

yeah I felt it

didn't know wtf fer a minute there


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