The USGS reported that a 3.0 earthquake was centered around 37 miles to the WSW of Albany Saturday night. Did you feel it? While a 3.0 earthquake is no big deal to someone who lives near the San Andreas in California or even the New Madrid in the Midwest, earthquakes in our region tend to be felt more.

Here's what the USGS states as to why we tend to feel earthquakes of this magnitude:

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the west. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area more than ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. It would not be unusual for a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in eastern or central North America to be felt by a significant percentage of the population in many communities more than 100 km (60 mi) from its source.

The largest earthquake in New York was a 5.8 that occurred back in 1944. Here are some basic earthquake safety tips in the event that we encounter something more significant down the road. Never hurts to prepare.

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