Many locals felt 3.3-magnitude quake

Did you feel that?

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3 on the Richter scale sent a few shock waves throughout the North Country Monday morning.

The earthquake hit at 5:37 a.m., and the epicenter was just across the U.S.-Canadian border about 8 miles south of Ormstown, Quebec, according to both United States Geological Survey and earthquaketrack.com. It struck about 6.5 miles below the earth’s surface.

Its reach expanded to communities such as Chateaugay, Churubusco and Ellenburg Depot, according to earthquaketrack.com.

Tri-Lakes area residents said they felt it as well. On the Enterprise Facebook page, people said they felt it in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Keene, AuSable Forks, Bloomingdale, Loon Lake, Duane, Owls Head and West Potsdam.

“Definitely felt it here in Saranac Lake,” Colin Tuggle posted. “My wife and I were in different parts of the house…she thought the plow was going by, and I thought one of our kids was running around downstairs.”

“Yes, it woke me up in SL,” posted MaryKaye Small of Saranac Lake. “I could hea(r) the train sound. The dog definitely felt it too.”

“Yes! Felt it in LP, made the dishes rattle,” Amy Fairchild of Lake Placid wrote.

“(W)e felt it good,” Laurie Barton Williams Plowe of Loon Lake added.

An earthquake of this magnitude is higher on the scale compared to others that have hit the North Country in the past few years.

In 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.7 hit about 16 miles outside of Malone. In that same year, one with a magnitude of 2.1 occurred 15 miles outside of Potsdam.


Managing Editor Peter Crowley contributed to this report.


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