Niagara Gazette

May 17, 2013

Quake rocks Canada

By Mark Scheer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The ripple effects of an earthquake that hit eastern Ontario Friday morning were felt by some residents in Niagara County.

Multiple media outlets in Canada, including the Niagara Falls Review in Niagara Falls, Ont., reported the quake hit around 9:45 a.m. 

The Review, based on information from Natural Resources Canada, said the quake was measured at 5.1 on the Richter scale.

Alisha Jauch, a Pendleton resident, said she felt a tremor in her neighborhood Friday morning. 

Jauch said once the quake got rolling, it made the house rumble. 

"It was like rocking, like a glider," she said. "I was leaning against my dryer. It wasn't on, but it was moving. The whole house was rocking. 

"I've been in them before in California," she added. "In our area, I think it was pretty substantial." 

The Associated Press reported Friday evening that the quake was felt across upstate New York from Buffalo to the Vermont border.

Canada's government agency that monitors earthquakes said the quake hit about 13 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec, about an hour's drive outside Ottawa.

Several people locally said they felt the tremors, most notably in Gasport and Niagara Falls. 

There are also reports from residents of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs who say they felt their houses sway and the ground shake for less than one minute. Rochester and Syracuse media outlets also reported that the quake was felt in those areas.

Media outlets in northern New York say people in communities along the St. Lawrence River and as far east as Lake Champlain on New York-Vermont border reported feeling their homes shake.

There were no reports of damage.