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Ottawa dealer unshaken by earthquake

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It's been business as usual at Frisby Tire Co. following today's earthquake that emanated some 40 miles north of the dealership's hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.

The quake, which registered 5.5 on the Richter scale, struck around 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Aftershocks were felt as far south as Ohio.

Don Frisby, Frisby Tire's co-owner, was in one of the dealership's five outlets when it hit. "It rumbled and went on for about 20 seconds," he told www.moderntiredealer.com. "You could hear it. Everybody stopped what we were doing and went outside."

Both customers and employees took the shake-up in stride, he reported. "But all the government buildings in downtown Ottawa have been evacuated. They've emptied out the buildings. And we've heard sirens" all afternoon.

None of Frisby's stores were damaged. Frisby Tire, which was founded by Don's uncle, George Frisby, in 1920, has weathered a lot of things over the decades, he said. The earthquake was just one more. "It put a little excitement into the day!"

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