Second NY Earthquake in Two Months

Last April, a sizable earthquake hit most parts of New York, and within minutes, it became obvious that pretty much the entire state felt it. On Tuesday morning, a smallish quake hit New York, and the epicenter was about two hours south of Albany, but experts said it was felt in the Adirondacks.

According to sources, a mild 2.1-magnitude earthquake—emanating from near Elizabethtown, NY, located about two hours south of Albany—happened on Tuesday morning at around 10:20 a.m. While it wasn't anything like the quake we experienced in early April, it was enough to shake parts of the Adirondacks.

"The earthquake hit roughly 269 miles north of New York City, in the Adirondack Mountains, around 10:23 a.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was located around 7 miles from Elizabethtown, according to the USGS." - PIX 11

How Strong was the Earthquake?

According to experts, here's the earthquake magnitude scale and how each affects us.

  • 2.5 or less: Usually not felt, but can be recorded by a seismograph
  • 2.5 to 5.4: Often felt but only causes minor damage.
  • 5.5 to 6.0: Slight damage to buildings and other structures.
  • 6.1 to 6.9: This may cause much damage in very populated areas.

The ADKS are "Seismically Active"

According to the USGS, the Adirondacks are one of the most seismically active parts of the northeastern U.S., and earthquakes of up to 5.8 magnitude have hit the area since 1944.

Per the USGS, more minor earthquakes are felt in the Adirondacks every three or four years.

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