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Quake shakes Canada, part of US


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TORONTO – A magnitude-5.5 earthquake struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada Wednesday, shaking homes and businesses from Toronto to the states of New York and Michigan, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The midday quake was felt in Canada and in a number of US states, including Michigan, Vermont and parts of upstate New York.The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles (19.2 kilometres). The quake lasted for about 30 seconds, rattling 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.Chris Cornell, 46, who works in downtown Toronto, said desks and furniture shook as he sat at his desk in a finance office.In Michigan, residents from suburban Detroit to Port Huron and Saginaw reported feeling the earthquake.In New York state, people from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St Lawrence River said pets were startled and plates rattled when the quake hit. (AP)

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