Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown directed City of Buffalo Commissioners and Directors today to continue to assess the situation after Monday morning’s 3.8 magnitude earthquake. The quake struck at around 6:15 AM, as many residents were getting up to start their day. While there were no immediate reports of injury or damage in neighborhoods citywide, Mayor Brown said the quake offered a reminder that the Buffalo region is situated on a significant fault line, known as the Clarendon-Linden Fault System.
“All City departments continue to assess the situation following this morning’s 3.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Buffalo area,” stated Mayor Brown, who felt the rumble while at his home, along with his family this morning. “Currently there is no significant damage to the City’s infrastructure. Fortunately, we have no earthquake-related injuries either - and I pray that remains the case. City departments will continue to monitor things."
Meanwhile the death toll continues to rise from a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit parts of Turkey and Syria earlier today. Mayor Brown asked the Buffalo community to pray for those affected by this deadly quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.8 magnitude earthquake at 6:15 a.m. centered on the northeastern edge of West Seneca. The largest earthquake in Western New York in the past century was in 1929, when Attica had one with a 4.8 magnitude.
Small quakes are not unheard of in Western New York. For more information about earthquakes, visit the University at Buffalo’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory at https://www.buffalo.edu/ seesl.html