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Minor quake rumbles through Vermont

MIDDLEBURY - A 5.0 Richter magnitude earthquake was felt in western Vermont. The minor earthquake occured at 1:41 p.m. June 23, according to the Vermont and U.S. Geological Surveys.

Vermont State Geologist Lawrence Becker said the quake's epicenter was located 12 miles below the Earth's surface of southern Ontario, Canada, close to the Ontario-New York-Quebec border.

"I felt it here in Montpelier," Becker said. "I was in my desk chair and then it started rocking."

But not everyone felt the quake.

"Sorry, I didn't feel a thing," said Marty Semo, owner of Semo Greenscape, a lawn care service based in East Middlebury. "I was mowing a lawn at the time it supposedly hit; I didn't feel a thing. I first heard about it while listening to the radio news during the Rush Limbaugh Show about an hour later."

Becker said the last official "event" in Vermont was April 20, 2002, when a quake centered near Plattsburgh, N.Y., was felt throughout the Champlain Valley.

The temblor was felt across many sections of the northeastern United States as far south as northern Pennsylvania. No reports of damage were reported in Vermont or elsewhere in the northeast.

The last large earthquake in Vermont occured April 20, 2002.

According to Becker, the 2002 earthquake was a 5.1 magnitude and was centered off the New England coast.

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