Earthquake rocks Quebec, Ontario
A 5.0-magnitude earthquake has hit Quebec, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, with tremors felt throughout southern Ontario and the northeastern United States.
Initial assessments had measured its strength as being a magnitude 5.5.
The first tremor hit at 1:41 p.m. ET Wednesday south of Echo Lake, Que., 61 kilometres north of Ottawa near the Ontario-Quebec border.
Buildings in Toronto and Ottawa were evacuated in the minutes following the tremors. Windows at Ottawa's city hall shattered.
Employees on Parliament Hill were evacuated from buildings and sent home. Crews were inspecting main and satellite buildings to be sure they were safe. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he did not feel the earthquake.
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