"Did you feel that?"

That was a common question around Hudson Valley based Facebook groups on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020. The comment sections lit up with rumblings of a possible earthquake in the Dutchess County and Putnam County areas.

Those living in Stormville, Brewster, Poughquag and Pawling felt shaking and heard a loud boom around 12:30pm.

Hudson Valley Weather took their knowledge of the area and did a little bit of research. Their research shows that there was some kind of disturbance around 12:30pm - 1:00pm in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.

They explain:

"We have some reports of a sonic boom, small earthquake around southern Dutchess/Putnam Counties. We are looking to hone in on the timing of it. We pulled radar and we do see a strange signature just after 1pm near Beekman."

You can take a look at the radar that Hudson Valley Weather is talking about below:

While New York isn't necessarily a hot spot when it comes to earthquakes, we have had them, some damaging, in the past.

According to The North East State of Emergency Consortium, New York State has a "a long and storied history of earthquake activity that has touched all parts of the state." The first ever earthquake touched down in New York all the way back in 1737.

Most earthquakes in New York State have taken place in the greater New York City area, in the Adirondack Mountains region, and in the western part of the state. Most recently an earthquake was felt in the Hudson Valley in Rockland County in 2019. 

We'll keep an eye on this story and any updates that may come through within the next few days.


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