Earthquake Rattles Parts of Westchester County, NJ in Middle of Night

May 19, 2023

A small, 2.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the lower Hudson Valley and parts of northeast New Jersey early Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake hit about a mile south of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County (about three miles north of Yonkers) at 1:53 a.m., at a depth of 9.8 kilometers, the USGS said. Several took to social media to report a rumble that woke them up in the middle of the night — including NBC New York's Natalie Pasquarella, who felt the rumble at her home in Bergen County. According to the USGS, generally earthquakes below magnitude 3 won't lead to much damage overall, but still could be felt by people. Earlier this year, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit just outside of Buffalo, while there was a 3.6 magnitude one just south of Watertown, in Upstate New York.