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2.2 magnitude earthquake in Putnam County: USGS

Small earthquake shakes New Jersey
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Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 13:46:38-04

CARMEL HAMLET, N.Y. — An earthquake with a preliminary 2.2 magnitude was registered in Putnam County Thursday afternoon.

U.S. Geological Survey records show the quake happened about 6 miles southeast of Merrit Park. It's epicenter was in an area known as Carmel Hamlet and was just under 5 miles underground.

According to the USGS, an earthquake with a magnitude between 2 and 3 has the energy equivalent to a "moderate lightning bolt."

These smaller quakes are much more frequent worldwide than larger quakes. Globally, there an average of 1 million magnitude 2 earthquakes per year, while there are only about 10,000 magnitude 4 earthquakes and 150 magnitude 6 earthquakes on average annually.

Correction: This story initially reported the incorrect county for the quake's epicenter.