OTTAWA, CANADA (WIVB) - Experts say a rare magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattled Canada Friday, with its epicenter near Ottawa. Residents from all around western New York reported feeling the quake.
There have been reports from Kenmore, North Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Cambria, Buffalo, Warsaw and Amherst that residents have felt their houses sway and the ground shake for less than one minute.
A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey says to be prepared to feel aftershocks throughout the day. Initially the USGS said it was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake, but just a short time ago they downgraded it to a 4.4.
The epicenter was near Shawville, Canada which is about 43 miles outside of Ottawa. Experts say it happened at 9:43 a.m. Friday. Ten minutes later the USGS says a 3.6 magnitude aftershock was reported.
A Google search said the epicenter is about 379 miles from Buffalo. The USGS says the main shock was felt pretty widely, in Buffalo, Rochester and even in Toronto.
The USGS says they don't expect any major damage or injuries. News 4 was told once an earthquake gets to a magnitude 5.5 then experts usually see more damage. If you feel an earthquake officials say get under a desk or table and wait until shaking stops.
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