Adirondack quake, 2.7, goes bump in the morn

Sunday, August 25, 2013
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— A small earthquake shook houses Sunday morning in the Adirondack region near Lake George.

United States Geological Survey monitors say the magnitude-2.7 quake happened at a depth of just more than 6 miles near the Warren County town of Warrensburg at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Local emergency centers got calls reporting shaking and a rumbling sound, but no damage.

Jaylene Havens, who lives in Fort Edward, about 25 miles from the epicenter, said she was on the couch when it rattled the windows in her home.

She said she initially thought it was a train rumbling by on nearby tracks.

“There was like a loud noise at the end,” she said. “It happened for several seconds; it was kind of big.”

Edythe Robbins of Hudson Falls, which is about 20 miles from the epicenter, said she heard a big boom “as if something hit the house” when the quake struck.

“It didn’t really shake the house precisely, but you felt it and it kind of roared a little bit afterwards,” she said.

Robbins’ husband, Chuck Bennett, said, “It was a loud noise like a crack and then the house shook slightly.”

Representatives from various businesses in Hadley, Lake George and Warrensburg, contacted by The Daily Gazette, said they did not feel the quake.

The USGS says New York’s Adirondack region is among the most seismically active in the Northeast because it contains a number of faults in the bedrock.

Small quakes happen every three or four years, with damaging ones generally separated by decades. The most recent damaging quake registered magnitude 5 near Plattsburgh in April 2002.

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