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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Canada

06-24-2010 08:06 BJT

OTTAWA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Ontario-Quebec border region, Canada on Wednesday, which was felt by local residents in Canada and a few of U.S. states.

The quake occurred at a depth of 19.2 km at 1:41 p.m. local time and its epicenter was 61 km north from Ottawa, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on its website.

No immediate reports of injuries or damage were available now. But many local people and animals were startled by the temblor. In downtown Ottawa, several buildings were evacuated. The midday quake was also felt in the Canadian city of Toronto and some U.S. states such as New York, Vermont and Michigan.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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