Most times when you think of an earthquake, you think of California, but chances are you slept right through an earthquake that stuck right here in Western New York.

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According to WIVB, a 1.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded early Tuesday morning about two miles south of Wilson.

The earthquake hit right around 1 am.

According to Michigan Tech, a 1.5 magnitude would usually not be felt but only would register on a seismograph machine.

Check out the Magnitude scale.

MagnitudeEarthquake EffectsEstimated Number
Each Year
2.5 or lessUsually not felt, but can be recorded by a seismograph.900,000
2.5 to 5.4Often felt, but only causes minor damage.30,000
5.5 to 6.0Slight damage to buildings and other structures.500
6.1 to 6.9May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.100
7.0 to 7.9Major earthquake. Serious damage.20
8.0 or greaterGreat earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter.One every 5 to 10 years


The website states that there have been 4 recorded earthquakes in Western New York over the past year.

The biggest one came back in March in Medina where a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded.

The biggest earthquake ever recorded was on May 25th, 1995 in Amherst. It registered at 3.0.


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