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Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Felt In Canada, U.S.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was felt in Toronto, Canada and elsewhere in that country as well as in the U.S. on Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Geological Survey placed the quake's epicenter about 24 miles north of Cumberland, Ontario and said it occurred at about 1:41 pm ET.

Many people experienced the shaking based on comments on Twitter and elsewhere but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake.

An excerpt from the Toronto Globe and Mail web site:

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit central Canada this afternoon, rattling buildings from Windsor to Montreal and several U.S. states.

The epicentre of the quake was likely in Quebec, north of Ottawa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and struck at 1:41 p.m.EDT. The area - known as the Charlevoix-Kamouraska zone along the St. Lawrence River - is the most active seismic zone in Eastern Canada, according to a report for the Canadian Geological Survey published earlier this year.

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