Earthquake rattles Syracuse, upstate New York, and Canada

An earthquake was felt across Central New York on Friday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.4-magnitude earthquake at 9:43 a.m about 12 miles northeast of Shawville, Canada. That is roughly 250 miles from Syracuse.

The USGS reports that the earthquake was 9.8 km deep.

We have received numerous calls, emails, and online reports from around Central and Upstate New York from people who say they felt the earthquake. The majority of reports in Syracuse are coming from downtown.

Amber Smith tweeted that she felt it "at 250 Harrison near OnCenter. Plants swayed on windowsill. Whole room moved."

Kathleen Aylesworth tells us her "chair was rocking back and forth" on the second floor of the National Grid building in downtown Syracuse. She says other people near her did not feel it.

Derek Goodroe tweeted that he felt it on the 11th floor of a building in Downtown Syracuse.

Linda Schleier tells us she could feel the earthquake at Upstate Hospital at Community General on Onondaga Hill. "The room was shaking. Could feel my chair swaying. Windows were shaking," she says.

Viewers report feeling the tremors in Albany, Altmar, Auburn, Baldwinsville, Batavia, Camden, Camillus, Central Square, Constantia, East Syracuse, Fort Drum, Fulton, Granby, Hannibal, Liverpool, Mattydale, Naples, North Syracuse, Palermo, Parish, Pennellville, Phoenix, Sherburne, Sterling, Tully and Watertown. The earthquake was felt as far west as Cleveland, Ohio.

A caller from Clay says his television shook and an item fell from a shelf in his closet. A viewer from Port Byron says the earthquake caused a picture frame to fall off the wall.

A viewer from Fort Drum says it felt stronger than the Virginia earthquake in 2011.

A viewer in North Syracuse says the earthquake woke him up and a picture on the wall was shaking.

Christopher Delia tells us that everyone at the AAA Travel center in Cicero felt the earthquake. "It shook me in my chair and evryone's computer screens were shaking on their desks," she says.

As of 11:05 a.m., Onondaga County 911 reports only one call reporting the earthquake.

If you heard a loud noise during the earthquake, this may be why.

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