WXXI Local Stories
10:26 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Canadian Tremors Felt In Rochester

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An earthquake in Canada lit up Twitter and telephones in the Rochester area on Friday morning.

The quake was a magnitude of around 5.1, and it was centered near Shawville, a village in Western Quebec, about 45 mils away from Ottawa.

There are no reports of any major damage in Canada, and just a slight tremor felt by some people in the Rochester area.

One local expert, University of Rochester Professor of Geophysics, Cynthia Ebinger, tells WXXI News  earthquakes are not that unusual in that part of the world. She is part of a team that is studying geological events in that region. Ebinger says it is possible that small aftershocks will occur for weeks after the earthquake.