Loud Boom in Niagara County Has Been Confirmed as Earthquake

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM EDT

NIAGARA COUNTY (WKBW) - USGS reports a 2.5 magnitude earthquake near 6 Km E/NE Olcott, NY at 12:34 A.M. early this morning.

The USGS believe it originated 4 miles east-northeast of Olcott with a depth of about 3 miles.

This quake left the Niagara County Sheriff's Office flooded with calls overnight, with many residents reporting hearing some type of explosion or a loud boom, including residents in the Town of Newfane

Geological survey officials are not projecting any after shocks or further earthquakes to hit the area at this time.

A Geo-physicist who we spoke to said its important for residents to remember that a 2.5 earthquake is considered very minor, and that reports of hearing a loud boom are really not that uncommon with these quote "quick jolt" earthquakes.