Buffalo, New York, area is hit with (*40*) strongest earthquake in 40 years


A 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Monday morning close to Buffalo, New York, (*40*) strongest recorded in (*40*) area in 40 years.

The quake hit 1.24 miles east-northeast of West Seneca, New York, with a depth of 1.86 miles, round 6:15 a.m., based on (*40*) U.S. Geological Survey.

Erie County Govt Mark Poloncarz mentioned no damage had been reported to date in West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo close to (*40*) U.S.-Canada border.

He mentioned he had spoken with (*40*) deputy commissioner of (*40*) Erie County Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Companies, Gregory J. Butcher, who mentioned a “confirmed quake was felt as far north as Niagara Falls and south to Orchard Park.”

“It felt like a automobile hit my home in Buffalo. I jumped away from bed,” Poloncarz said

Yaareb Altaweel, a seismologist at (*40*) Nationwide Earthquake Data Heart, mentioned Northeast earthquakes “occur all (*40*) time” and quakes can strike anyplace at any time. 

Since 1983, there have been 24 earthquakes above magnitude 2.5 in (*40*) West Seneca area, with Monday’s being (*40*) largest to date in (*40*) area.

Altaweel mentioned one other 3.8-magnitude quake passed off in 1999 in western New York.

“On a scale of earthquakes, 3.8 isn’t that massive. However (*40*) crust in that area is outdated crust. It’s outdated and chilly, and (*40*) effectivity of transferring (*40*) seismic waves versus sedimentary areas — that’s why individuals can really feel it extra. That’s why earthquakes might be felt even at 1.0 in some locations,” he mentioned.

Altaweel mentioned a 3.8-magnitude quake is “not a giant earthquake that you simply’d count on injury from.”

Current fractures and fault strains may cause earthquakes to hit to date inland, he mentioned.

Altaweel mentioned there was nothing irregular about this shock.

“I’d say it’s very regular. There was one, a 2.6, in March 2022. There was one other 2 in 2020. These maintain occurring in this area at low magnitude,” he mentioned.

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