The day that shook the Capital District

Canadian earthquake felt across the state

Cubicles rumbled around the Capital District as workers saw coffee cups shaking, blinds rattling and buildings trembling. Others, however, wondered why they missed out on the excitement while perusing the streams of stories flooding social networking Web sites.

Around 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, a temblor was felt locally. The United States Geological Survey reported the epicenter at 45.862 N, 75.457 W near Ottawa, Canada. The depth of the earthquake is estimated to be 9.6 miles garnering a magnitude of 5.0.

This is considered to be a shallow earthquake, said William Kelly, state geologist with the New York State Museum. "The bigger the earthquake and the closer it is to the surface, then the more damage is caused."

Rumbling was felt all across the state and in bordering states, as well.

While the earthquake wasn't particularly strong, it did lead to an interesting work day for many.

"We were sitting there having lunch and the airport wiggled," said Doug Myers, spokesman for Albany International Airport, who was in the facility during the earthquake.

Albany International Airport operations personnel did a routine field check and found no damage from the quake, said Myers. Airport runways and taxiways were inspected by staff members.

Tweets spread across the Twittersphere regarding the earthquake in New York and several tweets held the hashtag (used to assist finding tweets on a certain topic) #518earthquake.

Maggie Smith was on the third floor of a four-story building in Buffalo when the earthquake hit and momentarily disturbed the normal flow of work.

"We thought that maybe some work was being done on the roof," said Smith. "But the entire building and everything in it started shaking, and we all realized fairly quickly that it was an actual earthquake. We could see people in the building across the street all looking out the windows, too, to see what was going on."

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