New Yorkers shaken but unstirred by Canada earthquake

08:58, June 24, 2010      

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Residents across New York City felt the earth move at the time on Wednesday of a 5.5-magnitude temblor on the Richter scale rocked southern Ontario, Canada, officials said in New York.

Reports of shaking from across New York state -- just across the Canada-U.S. border from Ontario -- also were reported shortly after the earthquake was registered about 1:42 p.m. (EDT) at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY, just outside New York City.

"There were calls from a couple dozen locations all across the city," Steve Ritea, a spokesman for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) told Xinhua. "There were no injuries or structural damage reported."

A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department also reported receiving calls, "citywide from various precincts." She also told Xinhua there were no injuries or structural damage.

Ritea confirmed a New York City Public school on East 96th Street, between First and Second avenues, in Manhattan reported a rumbling sound and shaking shortly after the earthquake was recorded. But there were no injuries and no damage.

Firefighters said students were evacuated and later returned to classes without incident.

It could not immediately be confirmed the rattling of the school was related to the earthquake because of construction nearby of the long-sought Second Avenue subway on the Upper East Side.

Source: Xinhua


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