April Barton | Burlington Free Press Updated 8 hours ago
Did you feel the earth move under your feet (cue Carole King song) early Monday morning? If so, you weren’t imagining it — a magnitude 3.4 earthquake struck Ormstown, Canada, and was expected to be felt across Vermont.
The earthquake happened at 5:37 a.m. and was expected to be felt as far away as Montpelier, 85 miles southeast of the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The Adirondack fault lines around New York state are some of the most seismically active in the northeastern United States even though the nearest tectonic plate boundary is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Smaller earthquakes happen once every few years and moderately damaging quakes once every few decades in the region, according to the USGS. Three of the largest quakes in recent history: a 5.8 in Massena, New York, in 1944, a 4.9 in the southern Adirondack mountains in 1983, and 5.0 in Plattsburgh in 2002 caused more than $20 million in damage.