MAGNITUDE 5.1 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR PLATTSBURGH, NEW
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
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.
Follow-up with Plattsburgh and NYS Officials