Western New York Rocked By Early Morning Earthquake
This morning Western New York was hit by a sizable earthquake just after 11 am.
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The earthquake was reported about 3 miles from Warsaw, New York at 11:11 am and it registered a 2.6 on the Richter scale by the US government officials. (See website HERE)
The Ritcher scale measures earthquakes on a scale from 0-9 and most times earthquakes are only felt if they are higher than 2.0 on the Richter scale.
That means this earthquake could have been felt in the area this morning.
Most earthquakes in Western New York register below 2.0 so many times they are not felt. According to the website earthquaketrack.com, which tracks earthquakes across the country, there was an earthquake here in Western New York three weeks ago. It only registered a 1.8 on the Richter scale so people who not of felt it.
Besides the one today, the last earthquake in the area that registered over 2.0 on the Richter scale was in Wanakah, New York, and registered 2.3 on the Richter scale.
The largest earthquake ever recorded here in Western New York was way back in 1929 in Attica when the earthquake registered 4.9 on the Richter scale.
Usually, earthquakes only do damage if they are 5.0 or larger on the Richter scale.
Earthquakes between 5-5.9 are considered moderate. 6.0-6.9 are considered strong, 7.0-7.9 are considered major, and anything between 8.0 and 9.9 is considered great. An earthquake registered 10.0 is considered Epic but has not ever been recorded.
This latest earthquake is the 3rd one we have had here in Western New York over the past 365 days. You can see the list of all the earthquakes that have hit Western New York HERE.