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North Country feels effects of Virginia earthquake

ELIZABETHTOWN — An earthquake struck the North Country the afternoon of Aug. 23.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Virginia struck around 1:51 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

Essex County Director of Emergency Services Don Jaquish said though numerous people had called 911, there were no reports of damage. The earthquake was felt in Elizabethtown around 1:55 p.m. lasting a little less than 3 minutes.

Jane Hooper, the director of community relations at Elizabethtown Community Hospital said the earthquake was felt at the medical center.

“It was like a slow kind of rumble,” Hooper said. “I don’t think it affected the hospital, but we could feel it.”

Samantha Roy of Elizabethtown said she felt the quake.

“I was on the phone with a friend of mine, and I was like ‘Oh my God, my house is shaking,’” Roy said, adding that when she told her dad, he said that he thought she was on drugs.

Dina Garvey, who works for the Essex County Board of Supervisors said, “Honestly, I didn’t think it was an earthquake. I kind of felt the chair move a little bit.”

Keene Supervisor William Ferebee said town residents, including him, felt the earthquake.

“In fact, I called Don Jaquish to make sure Little Porter hadn’t slid off into Keene Valley,” Ferebee said.

The supervisor said he planned on checking the site of the town’s ongoing landslide the afternoon of Aug. 23 to see if the earthquake had affect the site. His office had received a number of concerned calls from people in the town, but no damage was reported.

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