Minor earthquake rattles homes in Wawayanda

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A minor earthquake rattled some homes in an Orange County community recently.

Some Wawayanda residents say it was a normal Friday when all of a sudden their homes began to shake. County officials say a quake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale hit the area and could be felt along Turtle Bay and Breeze Hill roads.

Orange County Department of Emergency Management Services Deputy Commissioner Seamus Leary says there are many fault lines in the Hudson Valley that do occasionally cause earthquakes.

On Friday evening, Leary, along with the Slate Hill fire department and state police, set up a command post to deal with questions concerning the quake and any aftershocks. Slate Hill firefighters took 75 calls relating to the quake over the weekend.

Officials did check some homes and foundations for damage. According to firefighters, besides some minor cracking, all of the homes are structurally sound.

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