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Moderate Earthquake Strikes Near Plattsburgh, New York

On April 20, 2002, an earthquake struck near Plattsburgh, New York that was felt throughout New York State and New England, and in areas of Ohio, Maryland, and Quebec, Canada. The USGS reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. Minor damage occurred in the epicentral area, including bridge damage in Jay, New York, and road damage in Keesville, New York. A bridge in Lake Placid, New York, and a window and foundation in Au Sable Forks, New York were also damaged. Plattsburgh is located in the Adirondack Mountain region, an area of relatively frequent seismic activity. An earthquake similar in size occurred approximately 80 miles to the southwest in October 1983.

Jeffrey Berman, a member of MCEER's Student Leadership Council, followed up with officials in Plattsburgh and New York State regarding the effects of the earthquake. This information is available at Additional information about the earthquake is available at and


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