East Coast Earthquake Felt in Buffalo

10:44 AM, Aug 25, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Hundreds of reports came in from around Western New York from people who felt the earthquake that rattled nerves along the East Coast Tuesday afternoon.

The quake's epicenter was 9 miles south of Mineral, Virginia, 350 miles from Buffalo. It struck at 1:51 PM. There were no reports locally of any injuries or damage.

Within minutes of the shaker, the WGRZ Facebook page was crammed with comments from people all over the area who felt the earth move.

U.B. earthquake expert Dr. Andre Filiatrault called the trembler "moderate, but significant", because there haven't been many earthquakes of this magnitude in this part of the eastern U.S. or eastern Canada.

"This earthquake will be useful in providing data to help us make better seismic maps," said Dr. Filiatrault. He added the data collected from this quake will help scientists better predict where earthquakes may occur and help engineers design more durable buildings.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the State Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor effects in New York State from the trembler. So far, there have been no reports of damage to buildings, bridges, roads, power grids, the Indian Point nuclear power plant, or other infrastructure.

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