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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Canada

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A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook eastern Canada on Wednesday, just days before world leaders gather in Ontario for G8 and G20 summits, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook eastern Canada on Wednesday, just days before world leaders gather in Ontario for G8 and G20 summits, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Canadian TV company CBC reported that tremors were also felt in Windsor, Ontario, Boston, Massachusetts, and Cleveland, Ohio. Some buildings in Ottawa and Toronto were evacuated following the tremors.

The epicenter was 19 km (12 miles) below ground, 60 km (37 miles) to the north of Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

The G8 summit opens in Huntsville, Ontario on Friday, while Toronto, Canada's largest city, is to host the G20 summit on Saturday and Sunday.

CBC reports that although Canada averages three or four tremors a day, most are only detectable by seismological equipment. However, Canadians do feel the earth move a few times a year.

TORONTO, June 23 (RIA Novosti)

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