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Small earthquake recorded east of Halifax

Small earthquake recorded east of Halifax
WATCH ABOVE: Did you feel the earthquake that hit just outside Halifax on Thursday evening? Global's Steve Silva explains.

People east of Halifax may have felt the ground shaking Thursday evening because of an earthquake

According to Natural Resources Canada, a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded 20 kilometres east of Halifax at about 5:10 p.m. local time.

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Nick Ackerley with the Canadian Hazards Information Service said the earthquake was “very, very small.”

“This is too small to cause any damage,” Ackerley said. “There might be rattled plates at most. Definitely lots of people felt it, there’s no doubt about that.”

Ackerley said there was a subsequent aftershock with a magnitude of 2.1 that happened at about 6:30 p.m.

People in nearby communities, as well as on Facebook, had different reactions.

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“I was pretty confused. I had no idea what the heck it was,” Tonya MacPhail, a resident of Seaforth, told Global News on Friday.

She said she was home at the time of the earthquake and that it felt as if a tree have fallen.

“We heard a long, low rumbling (almost like an explosion),” Kathy Burton-Pierce said on Facebook.

“Originally thought it was thunder but it lasted way too long,” Patricia Andrews wrote.

But others didn’t feel or hear anything at all.

“I totally missed it,” said Beverley LaPierre, owner of Future Unisex Hairstyling in Lake Echo.

Ackerley said because so many did feel it, they’re asking people to fill out a questionnaire.

“We’re actually interested in what people observed,” he said. “So did plates rattle? Did some things topple on shelves? So did they feel it? How did they react to it?”

He said several people have already filled out the questionnaire and that it provides useful information about the earthquake.

Earthquakes Canada originally reported the earthquake as being 2.6-magnitude, but upgraded the tremor.

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With files from Steve Silva, Global News.