Gloversville residents feel shaking throughout the city

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Reports of houses shaking, explosions and earthquakes were the talk around Gloversville on Wednesday.

People in downtown Gloversville felt their buildings shaking because the U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake struck about a mile west of the city. But many people felt and heard a loud boom, and they still don’t know what caused it.

“It, like, rattled the whole house,” Raven Holmberg-Gonzalez said.

Holmberg-Gonzalez didn’t know what happened when she felt her entire house move just before 5 p.m.

“It felt like vibration but really, really heavy, and I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I thought somebody fell in the house.”

But the vibration was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake, according to USGS. The USGS reported it hit a mile west of downtown Gloversville.

Steven Smith is a civil engineer. He used to work in Atlanta doing earthquake design for buildings in Indonesia. He wasn’t surprised the shaking he felt at work was an earthquake.

“It seemed like it was actually on the third floor of my office building,” he said. “And I thought somebody dropped something very heavy.”

But many people, including Smith, said they heard a loud boom during the earthquake. They said it sounded like thunder.

National Grid was doing repairs on Bleecker Street before the earthquake, but a spokesperson said the boom didn’t come from them. Smith said the sound he heard isn’t common with an earthquake, so it’s still a mystery as to what people heard.

“There is no boom associated, typically, with an earthquake,” he said. “It almost sounded like a sonic boom, actually, but that should not occur with an earthquake.”

People said the shaking was on and off for about five minutes.