Earthquake Tremors Felt In Massachusetts

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Many Massachusetts residents felt the unfamiliar vibrations of an earthquake Wednesday afternoon.

The tremors in the Boston area were the result of an earthquake centered hundreds of miles away, in Ottawa, Canada. The magnitude 5.0 earthquake hit Ottawa shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Peter Judge, of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, says his office was flooded with calls from concerned residents from across the state.

"We have no reports of any injuries or any damage in the commonwealth," Judge said. "In fact I've spoken to my counterparts through New England and New York and they've had the same experience — lots of calls."

Occupants evacuated buildings in Brookline and Cambridge as a precaution.

"This is not that unusual for it to be felt this far away," Judge said. "I'm seeing reports of this quake being felt as far away as Michigan and Indiana."

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