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Earthquake in Ontario Rattles New York City

By Heather Grossmann | June 23, 2010 2:39pm | Updated on June 23, 2010 3:02pm
The Ontario earthquake was felt across New York City Wednesday.
The Ontario earthquake was felt across New York City Wednesday.
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By Heather Grossmann

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — An 5.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern Ontario, Canada, early Wednesday afternoon was felt in New York City, according to reports and witnesses.

A building at 250 Jay Street, near the Brooklyn Bridge, reported shaking about 1:45 p.m., at the time of the earthquake, the FDNY said.

Fire officials were investigating the cause of the shaking and could not immediatelty confirm that the earthquake was cause. 

The city's Office of Emergency Management sent out a notification at 2:30 p.m. that tremors from of the Ontario earthquake reached New York City.

"The affects have been felt in the New York City area. There are no reports of injuries or damage in New York City at this time," the OEM reported.

Adam Knave, 34, an Inwood resident, said he felt the earthquake while he was at a meeting in Morningside Heights.

“It felt like construction, a backhoe rumbling by outside, except also a bit closer,” Knave said in an e-mail.

Twitter users across the city were posting their surprise over the earthquake.

"New York earthquake! Jeff felt the house shaking...," tweeted Twitter user Leavittnovelist, who lists her location as New York City.

"I felt that earthquake that came down from Canada, it hit us here in New York slightly I could actually feel it and I was about to panic!" posted Twitter user brianp2, who is located in New York City.