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Indian Lake feels quake

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Updated: 8:56 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE - No, it wasn't a sonic boom, explosion or snow falling off the roof those here may have heard last Wednesday night.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded 28 miles north-northeast of the Town of Lake Pleasant, in the Town of Indian Lake, at a depth of 3.1 miles at approximately 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 13.

No damage was reported.

The last major earthquake in the area, centered in Blue Mountain Lake, was Oct. 7, 1983 with a magnitude of 5.3, according to the USGS.

At Blue Mountain Lake one old chimney collapsed, about 20 tombstones slid or rotated and some minor cracks formed in plaster walls. Several landslides were reported.

There was light damage in several surrounding towns, most commonly cracked chimneys, broken dishes or glassware and overturned or fallen objects.

Saturday morning, April 20, 2002 a 5.1 quake rumbled through the county. The epicenter was about 15 miles southwest of Plattsburgh in Clinton County.

April 20, 2000 saw an early morning 3.7 quake, preceded April 16 by a 2.3 temblor. Both had epicenters near the Town of Newcomb in Essex County.

Although last week's earthquake caused only minor damage, it was felt over a wide region, including two provinces in Canada and 12 states.

The largest earthquake in New York state history occurred in 1944. It measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was Massena.


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