earthquake map

The two quakes were centered near South Berne.

Update May 18, 2009: There have been a bunch of other local earthquakes since this cluster. One on May 17, 2009 was particularly strong.

Updated Thursday at 4:30 pm

The US Geological Survey reports that there were two earthquakes in the Capital Region Tuesday.

Though maybe earthquake! is more like it.

The first one was at 9:33 am and the second at 10:41 pm. They were both centered south of Berne (quake 1, quake 2).

Both quakes were in the "2" range on the magnitude scale. The USGS says quakes of that magnitude are "Not felt except by a very few under especially favorable conditions."

New York State isn't a big earthquake zone, but there is some risk. And there have been some strong ones. In 2002, a quake south of Plattsburgh registered a magnitude of 5.1 ("Felt by all, many frightened").


And now there have been two more!

(Thanks, Slacker!)


map: Google Maps


There's actually a neat exhibit right now at the State Museum about earthquakes hitting our area. It has all activity within the past two weeks or so, and updates regularly (I think at least once an hour).

We moved here in 1983 and that October there was an earth quake that everyone felt. It was kind of weird. Some where in the adirondacks... I did not feel anything yesterday, but oddly I went outside at about 10:30 pm, could not help myself, and then I started barking at the moon? WTF was that all about?

I'm not crazy after all. I swear I felt something on the way to work yesterday sitting at the corner of Madison and South Main. Guess I'm one of those very few with especially favorable conditions.

I have never felt any of our earthquakes, EVER, and I've lived here for all of my 32 years. I've either slept through them or somehow missed them in my cheerful plane of Oblivion.

Huh, I thought it was just my bed a rockin'. Guess I was wrong.

Somebody knows if there is a link between these quakes in the Albany region and the Chaitén volcano eruption this morning in Chile?

@ruben - no chance, these are just some small regional things, no way it'd be connected to a volcano half a world away.

actually, since those two, there have been two more in the same area! (both equally tiny). One yesterday, and one this morning.

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