5.0 Earthquake Felt in WNY, Northeast Region & Canada

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Video: Northeast Earthquake: Dr. Andre Filiatrault from UB

  • Map of 5.0 magnitude earthquake; Courtesy: USGS
  • Seismograph for Northeast Earthquake

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Calls from all over WNY came into the 2 On Your Side Information Center telling us they felt the earthquake.    So far, there have been no reports of any injuries or damage at this time.


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Calls have been coming in from WNY residents as far north as Ransomville in Niagara County to Wellsville in Allegany County and Hornell in Steuben County.

The U.S. Geological Survey says its latest information shows the
30-second-long quake was magnitude-5.0, not 5.5 as originally
thought. It was centered about 40 miles north of Ottawa.

A man in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada was actually recording a youtube video when the quake hit.

From the USGC:

Location 45.955°N, 75.546°W
Depth 19.2 km (11.9 miles)

* 49 km (31 miles) N (349°) from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
* 52 km (33 miles) N (10°) from Gatineau, Qu?bec, Canada
* 58 km (36 miles) NNE (16°) from Hull, Qu?bec, Canada
* 61 km (38 miles) N (11°) from OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.5 km (7.1 miles); depth +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles)
Parameters NST=294, Nph=311, Dmin=160.3 km, Rmss=1.12 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6


Federal officials say the quake was centered just north of Ottawa.

People from Buffalo to Albany and north to Massena on the St. Lawrence River say pets were startled and plates rattled at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.  No serious damage or injuries have been reported in Western New York or other areas where the quake hit, 

David French, 53-year-old state worker from Cicero, says he was at his computer inside his home outside Syracuse when he felt his chair shake.

The quake prompted several calls to state police in Ray Brook in the Adirondacks.

A man in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada shot a youtube video of the aftermath of the quake.

Did you feel the earthquake? Call our Information center at  (716) 849-2200  (716) 849-2200 or e-mail newsdesk@wgrz.com.


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