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USGS: ‘Micro-Earthquake’ Hits Hudson Valley

USGS says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake hit at around 10:46 a.m. in Hudson Highlands in the Hudson Valley. (Credit: CBS 2)

USGS says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake hit at around 10:46 a.m. in Hudson Highlands in the Hudson Valley. (Credit: CBS 2)

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HUDSON HIGHLANDS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — What’s being called a micro-earthquake struck Saturday morning under the Hudson Highlands in the Hudson Valley.

Seismologists said the quake registered at a 2.5 magnitude when it hit at around 10:46 a.m. It was about 3 miles below ground, they said.

The micro-earthquake was centered just a few miles north of Peekskill along the Appalachian Trail, about 13 miles southeast of Newburgh, and 23 miles from White Plains, CBS 2 reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey told 1010 WINS there were two “felt reports” from area residents.

Residents in Garrison, not far from the epicenter, reported hearing a loud boom, CBS 2 reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said quakes like this happen around the world all the time and that a 2.5 magnitude is a normal range for New York.

“There are thousands of events around the world in that magnitude range happening daily,” USGS National Earthquake Information Center geophysicist Rafael Abreu told 1010 WINS. “People need to understand that the earth’s crust is a dynamic system, even though we don’t feel it moving like that all the time.”

Abreu said New Yorkers have nothing to worry about.

“Definitely not an indication that there is a larger earthquake coming or anything else,” he said.

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