A 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Monday morning near Buffalo, New York, the strongest recorded in the area in 40 years. The quake hit 1.24 miles east-northeast of West Seneca, New York, with a depth of 1.86 miles, around 6:15 a.m., according to the U.S.
BUFFALO, New York (WABC) -- A 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook Western New York early Monday morning but did not cause significant damage.
The earthquake was reported at 6:15 a.m. Seismologist Yaareb Altaweel said it matched the intensity of the strongest earthquake the region has seen in 40 years of available records - a 3.8 quake that was recorded in November 1999.
Earthquakes Canada had first reported that they registered the quake at 4.2 magnitudes and said it was felt slightly in southern Ontario.
The epicenter of the earthquake was found to be in West Seneca. That's southeast of the City of Buffalo.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted, "Just off the phone with @ErieCountyESU Dep. Commissioner Butcher who confirmed quake was felt as far north as Niagara Falls and south to Orchard Park from initial reports. It felt like a car hit my house in Buffalo. I jumped out of bed.
Small earthquakes are not unusual in upstate New York but are rarely felt as strongly. The earthquake comes on the heels of two record-breaking weather events in the region: A snowstorm that dropped as much as 7 feet of snow in November and a blizzard in December that is blamed for 47 deaths.
The western New York earthquake occurred hours after a powerful quake killed thousands in Turkey and Syria. A USGS spokesperson said there is no connection between the two events.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he spoke with the Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and said a “confirmed quake was felt as far north as Niagara Falls and south to Orchard Park from initial reports.
The Empire State quake came after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked wide swaths of Turkey and Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 1,500 people.
It's been some time since the New York area experienced an earthquake of a magnitude similar to the one that hit the Buffalo area Monday. Rochester reported a 2.6 magnitude one nearly three years ago, but that earthquake saw much fewer reports of shaking