Mild Earthquake West of Buffalo

Centered in Lake Erie off Port Colborne

courtesy USGS


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A mild earthquake occurred West of Buffalo Friday morning.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 6.7 miles from Port Colborne, Ontario, and appears to be on Lake Erie.

Its magnitude measured at 2.1.  It occurred at 7:04am. 

The U.S. Geological Survey confirms the quake.  Few people, if any, felt it.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in this region.

According to the USGS, this part of southern Ontario and western New York State have had moderately frequent earthquakes since the first one was reported in 1840. The largest (magnitude 4.9) caused moderate damage in 1929 near Attica, New York. Earthquakes too small to cause damage are felt roughly three or four times per decade, although only one was felt during the 1940s and eight were felt during the 1960s.

Click below to hear Mark Castner, Dir of the Braun Rudick Seismograph Station at Canisius College.

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