Strongest East Coast Quake in Century Rattles WNY

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - "I grabbed my purse and was ready to go downstairs," said a worker at Buffalo City Hall moments after the east coast earthquake rattled Western New York.

"I was a little scared," said Michele Knoll, who works on the ninth floor.

"I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden it felt like a rumble sort of like a heavy truck going by. It lasted a long time, maybe about ten seconds," she said.

Nathan Nueman felt it too.

"I was just sitting at my desk writing a memorandum and all of a sudden I noticed shaking," he said.

"I thought it was a heart palpitation, realizing in fact it was an earthquake. Immediately went online and talked to my colleagues, they all felt the same thing," Nueman said.

At the University at Buffalo's Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, where experts study building damage caused by quakes, they are calling the quake small, but significant.

"I would say this earthquake is significant from the point of view that it could generate structural damage though there hasn't been any reported yet," said Dr. Andre Filiatrault.

There are no reports of injury or damage in Western New York.