Minor earthquake near Buffalo Shakes Western New York
A minor earthquake rocked western New York on Monday morning, rattling residents of an area more accustomed to blizzards.
The earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 3.8 according to the US Geological Survey, occurred at 6:15 a.m. near West Seneca, NY, a suburb just southeast of downtown Buffalo.
Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County executive, said the quake was “very quick” but shook his home.
It “shook the whole house so much I thought a car had hit it,” he said. on Twitter.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant property damage, but social media posts from the area showed shake the houses and small cracks in the cement. The earthquake was also felt across the border in Canada.
According to the USGS, “moderately frequent” earthquakes occur in southern Ontario and western New York, with reports dating back to 1840. The largest, which was magnitude 4.8, s was produced in 1929 near Attica, NY
Governor Kathy Hochul said her office is monitoring any report of damage, although some local officials dismissed the tremor.
“Just your usual Buffalo morning quake,” said a tweet from the West Seneca Police Department. “Back to bed.”