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Earthquakes In Canada Felt In Metro Detroit

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ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Reports of two earthquakes Friday morning near the Ontario-Quebec border in Canada were felt by some in Southeast Michigan.

The first was a 5.1 magnitude. The second, which hit about 10 minutes later, registered as a 4.2 tremor.

Canadian news outlets said the quakes could be felt as far away as Toronto, but some people in Farmington Hills and Ann Arbor are telling WWJ Newsradio 950 they felt something, too.

Andrew Johnson, who works at Greenpath Debt Solutions, said he and his coworkers felt it at their office at 12 Mile Road and Halsted.

“All of a sudden felt a real ebb and flow, a back and forth motion — really for about 10 seconds,” Johnson told WWJ Newsradio 950. “And cube mate of mine popped up and she says, ‘Are you feeling that, or am I the only one that feels that?’”

“And in our call center environment, I could hear about two rows over the same reaction: ‘Are you feeling that? Did you feel that? That has to be an earthquake,’” he said.

Residents in eastern Ontario and west Quebec said the shaking latest about 30 seconds.

There were no reports of injuries.

Quakes measuring from 2.5 to 5.4 are often felt, but cause only minor damage. There are about 30,000 around the world each year. A Canadian seismologist said Friday’s  relatively minor quakes started in fairly low-populated areas, and he didn’t expect much damage.

There were no reports of damage in Michigan.

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