Minor Earthquake Shakes Buffalo Suburbs

A minor earthquake shook Western New York on Monday morning, rattling cars and residents in a region more accustomed to blizzards.

The quake, which registered as 3.8 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred at 6:15 a.m. near West Seneca, N.Y., a suburb just southeast of downtown Buffalo.

Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County executive, said that the quake was “very quick” but rattled his home.

It “shook the whole house so much I thought a car hit it,” he said on Twitter.

There were no immediate reports of injury or significant property damage.

According to the U.S.G.S., “moderately frequent” quakes occur in southern Ontario and western New York, with reports dating back to 1840. The largest, which was magnitude 4.8, happened in 1929 near Attica, N.Y.

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