A 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit St. Lawrence County in the North Country on Monday afternoon, with the epicenter located five and a half miles north-northwest of Canton. Those who experienced it reported hearing a loud thump followed by a rumble that lasted for a few seconds. According to geologist Dr. Alexander Stewart of St. Lawrence University, the North Country typically experiences five to ten minor earthquakes a year, while the larger area from Buffalo to Quebec City can experience several hundred in a year. This seismic activity is not unusual for the region. The U.S. Geological Survey map shows the exact location of the quake’s epicenter.