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2.2 magnitude earthquake in Dutchess County: USGS

By: Corey Crockett

CARMEL HAMLET, N.Y. — An earthquake preliminarily rated as a magnitude 2.2 was registered in Dutchess 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 8 kilometers underground.

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

They 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.

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