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3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Buffalo Area in New York

Jordan Arthur

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On Monday, January 6th, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake was felt by many in the Buffalo area in New York State, according to the United States Geological Service. The United States Geological Service states that the center of the earthquake was 2 kilometers or 1.24 miles northeast of West Seneca in New York State.

In a public statement, this morning the National Weather Service reported:

“At about 6:15 AM EST today, an earthquake was felt strongly by many people in the Buffalo, NY area. It is unknown yet if there is any damage from the earthquake. Initial information from the USGS shows a magnitude 3.8 earthquake at about 6:15 AM EST centered 2KM east northeast of West Seneca at a depth of about 3KM beneath the surface. Information released in this statement is preliminary. Updates will be made as more information becomes available from the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.”

It is not known if there is any significant damage or injuries among the public at this time. United States Senator Chuck Schumer for New York State offered his immediate support in a statement on Twitter. He states that there “was a small earthquake in Buffalo this morning with hardly any damage reported at this time. I spoke with the mayor and county executive and offered any help Buffalo might need.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul also said on Twitter that “the Buffalo area experienced an earthquake this morning. No damage has been reported at this time. My team is in touch with local officials and we will provide any support needed.”

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