Light shaking felt in Adirondacks after magnitude-2.5 earthquake near Gloversville

Late this afternoon, at 4:42 PM, the USGS reported a magnitude 2.5 earthquake approximately 1 mile west of Gloversville, New York in Fulton county. According to reports on the USGS event page, light to moderate shaking was felt in portions of the southern Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley. Some reports of light shaking were also reported south of Delmar, near Albany.

Many near the epicenter reported a loud explosion or boom-like noise at the time of the earthquake. Others reported a low rumble that sounded like thunder or a large truck passing by.

Did you feel the earthquake where you were? If you did, you are encouraged to report it to the USGS on their “Did you feel it?” page.

The USGS reports that the Adirondack region of northern New York State is one of the more seismically active parts of the northeastern U.S. The three largest known earthquakes in the region caused about $20 million of damage (in 2002 dollars) to Cornwall, Ontario, and to Massena, New York in 1944 (magnitude 5.8), caused slight damage in a sparsely settled part of the southern Adirondack Mountains in 1983 (magnitude 4.9), and damaged the vicinity of Plattsburg, New York, on April 20, 2002 (magnitude 5.0). Moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once every three or four years.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards

Source: M2.5 – 3km NW of Johnstown, New York

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