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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 20, 2002
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MAGNITUDE 5.1 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK

SHAKING FELT THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE AND NORTHEAST

BUFFALO, NY . Many residents of New York State and the northeast United States awoke this morning to the rumbling of an earthquake. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck at 6:50 a.m. (EDT) today, approximately 15 miles southwest of Plattsburgh, New York. The USGS reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. Plattsburgh is located in New York State's Adirondack Mountain region, an area of relatively frequent seismic activity.

Shaking was felt throughout New England, and as far west as Cleveland, Ohio; as far south as Baltimore, Maryland; and as far north as Quebec, Canada. The earthquake was epicentered at 44 degrees 5 minutes north latitude and 73 degrees 7 minutes west longitude. It was measured at a shallow depth of five kilometers.

There are reports of minor damage in the epicentral area. A bridge was damaged in Jay, New York, and road damage was reported in Keeseville, New York. A chimney was reported damaged in Lake Placid, and a window and foundation were cracked in Au Sable Forks, New York.

The earthquake is similar in size to one, which occurred approximately 80 miles to the southwest, near Blue Mountain Lake, New York, in October of 1983.

Scientists are interested in learning what people may have experienced or observed during the earthquake, so that they can gain a more complete understanding of the event. Those who felt the earthquake can report what they experienced, by visiting the USGS online at http://earthquake.usgs.gov

Additional information is available online at http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin

Based at the University at Buffalo, the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) is a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence. It's mission is to reduce earthquake damage and losses through research and application of advanced technologies to help protect buildings, bridges, and utilities, and improve emergency response and recovery following earthquakes.

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