Press-Republican

May 18, 2013

Locals felt Friday morning earthquake

By FELICIA KRIEG Press-Republican
Press-Republican

---- — SHAWVILLE, Quebec — An earthquake Friday morning in Quebec was felt in the Champlain Valley. 

The temblor began shaking just before 9:45 a.m., according to the United States Geographical Survey’s website.

“Local media outlets in northern New York say people in communities along the St. Lawrence River and as far east as Lake Champlain on the New York-Vermont border reported feeling their homes shake,” The Associated Press reported.

It measured 5.2 on the Richter magnitude scale; no damage was reported.

With the highest magnitude a 10, that form of measurement is a base-10 logarithmic scale, which means with each 1.0 numerical increase, the severity of the earthquake increases exponentially by 10.

FICKLE QUAKE

Many Press-Republican Facebook page readers felt the quake, among them Rebecca Baker LaFountain, who wrote, “I thought a truck was driving through (my house)! The whole thing shook! Keeseville definitely felt it!”

The earth trembled in Massena, Serena Shinnock Krywanczyk said, and, according to Stephanie Lagasse, in Ellenburg Depot, too.

Patrick Duffy said he didn’t feel it, “but my dogs were freakin’ out about something at about the same time.”

In Altona, Terry Spinner wrote, “it spooked my cats (but it) didn’t last very long and was very mild!”

“Yes,” Kathy Kingbury said she felt the temblor in Plattsburgh’s West End, “and the birds and squirrels were going nuts.”

The fickle quake failed to shake the earth in Peru where Margaret Gordon was, nor was it felt by Todd Munsell at Plattsburgh International Airport.

“I didn’t feel it in Plattsburgh,” Heather Calkins wrote.

“I did,” wrote Renee Dupras, “by Boynton Avenue.”

NEAR OTTAWA

The quake’s epicenter was 11 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec, with the closest major city, Ottawa, about 42 miles away.

The U.S. Geographical Survey said the earthquake shook the ground in southeastern Ontario from London and across provincial boundaries to Montreal and throughout much of New York state and Vermont.

It was felt as far west as Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

New Yorkers living near Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester also felt the earthquake.

The quake was not expected to cause any secondary effects, the U.S. Geographical Survey said.

But throughout its service area, New York State Electric and Gas was making sure its infrastructure remained safely intact.

“... our crews are inspecting all pipeline bridge crossings, origination points and other natural gas facilities in the parts of our service areas affected by this morning’s earthquake,” a press release said. 

It was expected the work would be completed on Friday, it said, “and any damage we find will be repaired immediately.”

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.