Chenango feels Canadian quake

GREENE – Scott Sheldon was sitting at his desk at approximately 1:45 p.m., when he felt something out of the ordinary.

“It wasn’t a violent shake,” the Raymond employee said, describing the tremor as a vibration which lasted 5 to 10 seconds.

Sheldon said he was ready to write it off, when a co-worker came over and asked, “Did you guys feel the Earth move?”

“Everyone around me stood up and said they felt it too,” he explained.

Sheldon and his co-workers in Greene weren’t the only ones who felt the quake, according to Emergency Management Officer A Jones, who said he has received reports from elsewhere in Chenango County as well as Syracuse and Albany.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, what area residents felt stems from 5.5 magnitude earthquake which hit at 1:41 p.m. 38 miles from Ottawa, Canada in the Ontario-Quebec Border Region.

No reports of damage within Chenango County as a result of the quake have been received.

The USGS asks that anyone who felt the earthquake report their experience via their website at At the time of this posting, 3,977 people from 631 zip codes and 161 cities had reported feeling the quake.

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