A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck Monday morning near Buffalo, New York, the strongest recorded to hit the area in 40 years.

The tremor in the United States struck 1.24 miles east-northeast of West Seneca, New York, with a depth of 1.86 miles at about 6:15 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said no damage reports they have so far been received in West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo that sits near the US-Canada border.

He added that he spoke with Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Gregory J. Butcher, who said a «confirmed quake was felt as far north as Niagara Falls and as far south as Orchard Park.» .

“I felt like a car hit my house in Buffalo. Get out of bed», poloncarz said.

Yaareb Altaweel, a seismologist with the National Earthquake Information Center, said earthquakes in the Northeast «happen all the time» and can strike anywhere and at any time.

Since 1983, there have been 24 earthquakes greater than magnitude 2.5 in the West Seneca region, with Monday’s being the largest yet in the area.

Altaweel said there was another 3.8 magnitude earthquake that took place in 1999 in western New York.

On an earthquake scale, 3.8 isn’t that big. But the bark in that region is old bark. It is old and cold and the efficiency of transferring seismic waves compared to sedimentary areas, that is why people can feel it more. That is why earthquakes can be felt even at 1.0 in some places,” Altaweel explained.

Altaweel said a magnitude 3.8 quake «is not a big quake that you would expect damage from.»

Pre-existing fractures and pre-existing fault lines can be the cause of earthquakes striking inland, he said.

Altaweel said that there is nothing abnormal in this shock.

“I would say it is very normal. There was one, a 2.6 in March 2022. There were another 2 in 2020. These continue to occur in this region at low magnitude,” she explained.

Around the world, two earthquakes struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, leaving a trail of devastation. An initial magnitude 7.8 quake in southeastern Turkey was followed hours later by a magnitude 7.5 quake that shook buildings and killed more than 1,400 people in the already war-torn region.