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Small Earthquake Hits New York

Jan. 17, 2001 10:30 am (WCBS) A small earthquake hit the New York area Wednesday at approximately 7:30 a.m. CBS 2 reports that the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, a seismographic institute, confirms that the earthquake's epicenter was in New York harbor.

Shaking from the magnitude 2.5 quake has been reported from Manhattan to Queens. There are no reports of damage.

The New York Police Department says they received a number of calls Wednesday morning from people reporting they had heard an explosion.

While the Northeast is relatively unaccustomed to earthquake activity, Wednesday’s tremor comes on the anniversary of one of California's most devastating earthquakes.

On this date in 1994, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles, killing 57 people and injuring another 1,000. In addition, thousands of buildings were severely damaged leaving many people temporarily homeless.

-- K (, January 17, 2001

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