Minor earthquake recorded at WNY near Warsaw

WARSAW, NY (WIVB) – A small earthquake was recorded shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning in Wyoming County, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake recorded a magnitude 2.6, which is just large enough that it could have been felt by humans. The damage is not typical associated with such small earthquakes.

The USGS located the earthquake about 4 miles south of Warsaw. Here is a map of where the earthquake happened.

According to the USGS database, this is the largest of three earthquakes they have recorded in Western New York in the past year.

The largest earthquake they recorded in western New York was a magnitude 4.7 earthquake near Corfu in August 1929. A M 4.3 earthquake was recorded in the county of Niagara in October 1857, while Attica had earthquakes measuring 4.3 and 4.1 in 1966 and 1967, respectively.

A July 1873 earthquake measuring 4.5 caused a front page note in The New York Times, although the earthquake was later identified closer to Welland, Ontario.

The closest earthquakes ever recorded in the city of Buffalo, according to USGS records, were an M 3.0 in the city of Tonawanda in May 1995 and an M 2.3 that occurred below the Lake Erie west of Blasdell in July 2007. Residents reported feel the ground shake since the 1995 earthquake.

Many larger earthquakes were felt in the area, although they originated further away. A M 5.0 earthquake near Montreal in 2010 was felt in Buffalo and described at the time as “the second largest experience in this region in the last 22 years”.

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Nick Veronica is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as Digital Executive Producer in 2021. He previously worked at NBC Sports and The Buffalo News. You can follow Nick on Facebook and Twitter and find more of his work here.

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