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Date: November 25, 1988

Location: Southeastern Quebec

Magnitude: 6.0

Milwaukee Sentinel, Saturday, November 26, 1988, page 1.

Quake rocks east Canada, US. Montreal, Quebec. -AP

A strong earthquake hit eastern Canada Friday, shaking buildings, knocking out power in parts of Quebec and frightening thousands of people, authorities said.

A major rail line was shut down after a section of track reportedly collapsed near Montreal.

The quake also was felt across the northeastern United States and as far west as Wisconsin. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

"This is the largest earthquake in eastern Canada since 1935," said John Adams of the Geological Survey of Canada. The earthquake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale with an epicenter at Chicoutimi, Quebec, said Janet Drysdale, a seismologist for the agency.

Chicoutimi is about 200 miles northeast of Montreal. Tremors began at 5:46 p.m. Milwaukee time and lasted 15 seconds to 2 minutes, Canadian Press reported.

[Some people in Milwaukee reported feeling a slight rocking motion about the time of the quake.]

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