Earthquake Rattles Canada, Northern US

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 17, 2013; 7:41 PM ET
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Around 10 a.m. EDT a magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook 43 miles northwest of Ottawa, Canada. No damage has been reported at this time.

The quake occurred in the Western Quebec seismic zone. The effects were reported felt from London, Canada, to Montreal, even going into New York and Vermont.

According to Natural Resources Canada, about 450 earthquakes occur in eastern Canada every year. Magnitudes are rarely high, with only an average of four of these quakes exceeding a magnitude of 4. According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews, earthquakes have been recorded in this zone as high as a 6.1 recorded in 1935.

"While the quake was unusual, it was by no means unprecedented," he said.

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