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5.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Ontario, Quebec

An earthquake was recorded this morning along the Quebec-Ontario border, according to the Canadian and American governments.

Natural Resources Canada reported that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported at 9:43 a.m. 13 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec, which is in the western part of the province about an hour's drive from the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake at 5.0 magnitude and said it was about 16 miles north-northeast of Shawville.

Ten minutes later, the Canadian agency reported a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, an apparent aftershock, in the same region.

"It’s not unusual. Earthquakes tend to happen where they happened before,” said Don Goralski, chief of staff at the University at Buffalo's MCEER, an earthquake engineering research center.

This earthquake reminded many area residents of the June 23, 2010, 5.0-magnitude quake that originated near Ottawa and was felt here.

-- Stephen T. Watson and Jane Kwiatkowski

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