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Earthquake Shakes Parts Of Hudson Valley

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the precise time the 2.1 magnitude earthquake struck was 12:58 p.m. four kilometers northwest of Ringwood.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the precise time the 2.1 magnitude earthquake struck was 12:58 p.m. four kilometers northwest of Ringwood. Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents in parts of Rockland, particularly Suffern and Sloatsburg, reported feeling their homes shake early Saturday morning as a minor earthquake struck just over the New Jersey border in Ringwood.

Ramapo Police report they began receiving "several calls from residents of Sloatsburg and Suffern that they felt their homes shaking" at around 1 a.m. Saturday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the precise time the 2.1 magnitude earthquake struck was 12:58 a.m. about two miles northwest of Ringwood.

Ramapo police said patrol cars were dispatched to the areas. Officers did not observe any damage or power outages during their check of the area. No residents have reported any injury, damage, or power outages either, Ramapo Police said.

The last earthquake reported in the area was a "micro quake" on July 5, 2014 below the Appalachian Trail in a wooded area in Garrison, near Peekskill. For more on that, click here. It was a 2.5 magnitude quake.

A couple of months earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 1.7 hit Mount Kisco on May 11, 2014.

Earthquakes in the area happen anywhere in depth from 3 to 5 kilometers, according to Earthquake Track.

Most associate earthquakes with the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

But 39 of the 50 states -- including New York and Tennessee -- have moderate to high seismic hazard risk, according to a 2011 report by World News Report.

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