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Quake near Lockport Saturday felt only by seismometer

A minor earthquake occurred at 6:27 p.m. Saturday near Lockport, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake measured 1.5 on the Richter scale and occurred 6 kilometers west of South Lockport, according to the agency’s website. It usually takes a 2- to 2.5-magnitude seismic event to be felt, said Mark Castner, director of the Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station at Canisius College.

“It’s unusual if you would feel a 1.5,” said Castner, noting that it could happen if a person was in just the right place at just the right time.

Castner said this size of a seismic event happens about once a year somewhere in Western New York. There was a quake of similar size in Akron about a year ago, he said.

Typically, one seismic event large enough to be felt occurs every three years in the region, he added.

According to the agency’s website, the quake near Lockport was the only seismic event in the United States east of Nevada in the past day.