Feedback: Earthquake Felt In North Country
An earthquake in Ontario, Canada has been felt around the north country and across upstate New York from Buffalo to the Vermont border.
The magnitude of the quake varies among agencies which measure such things.
The U.S. Geological Survey originally reported the quake was a magnitude of 5.0.
It was later changed to 4.4.
The epicenter was recorded 43 miles northwest of Ottawa, Ontario, at 9:43 a.m.
The USGS says the quake originated 3.1 miles deep into the earth.
Canada's government agency that monitors earthquakes says the quake occurred at 9:43 a.m. Friday about 13 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec, about an hour's drive outside Ottawa.
Earthquakes Canada recorded a 5.2-magnitude quake and a 4.1 aftershock less than 10 minutes later.
There have been no reports of damage, either in the north country or in Canada.
However, SUNY Potsdam geologist Dr. Frank Revetta says with an earthquake this strong, some damage near the epicenter is likely.
"You remember a few years ago, we had that April 4th earthquake -- it was around 5.1 and it cost about $15 million in Clinton and Essex county," Revetta said.
"So, you can see, an earthquake in the fives can cause a lot of damage."
People who called 7 News or left comments on the station's Facebook page have reported they felt shaking that lasted for less than a minute.
People from Ogdensburg, Carthage, Lowville, Harrisville, Hermon, Calcium, Evans Mills, Norwood, Clayton, Henderson, Lisbon, Massena, Baldwinsville, Tupper Lake and Star Lake reported feeling the quake.
In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the earthquake's effects.
Saturday, December 7, 2013, Watertown, NY
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