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Earthquake Shakes Eastern New York
Released: 4/20/2000

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Note to editors: As more information is received and the data are further analyzed, we may issue updates or clarifications on this event.

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.7 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred near Newcomb, New York at 4:47 am Eastern Daylight Time. The epicenter was about 95 miles north northwest of Albany. The earthquake was felt in Montpelier, VT and Springfield, MA. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

On Oct. 7, 1983, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred in the same general area. That event caused minor damage and was felt in 12 states and 2 provinces. The largest earthquake recorded in the state of New York occurred near Massena, Sept 5, 1944. That event had a magnitude of 5.8 and caused considerable damage in the area.


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