Historic Earthquakes

Blue Mountain Lake area, New York
1983 10 07 10:18 UTC
Magnitude 5.3
Intensity VI

At Blue Mountain Lake, one old chimney collapsed, about 20 tombstones slid or rotated, and some minor cracks formed in plaster walls. Several landslides were reported. Light damage also occurred at several other towns in the area, but the most common effects were cracked chimneys. broken dishes or glassware, and overturned or fallen objects. Although this earthquake caused only minor damage, it was felt over a wide region, including two Provinces in Canada and 12 States.

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.