Natural disaster in DE felt in NYC

Dec 01, 2017, 06:23
Natural disaster in DE felt in NYC

The quake, rare in the U.S. Northeast, was previously reported at magnitude 5.1. It occurred near 5 p.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published a map showing the quake which was felt in Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and NY.

When the tremor took place, it caused a buzz on social media and the Internet in general.

On Twitter, the hashtag #earthquake was trending.

It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said.

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- An natural disaster in DE was felt as far north as NY. "And in the eastern region of the United States they are fairly uncommon". It was later revised to a 4.1 magnitude quake, which is considered light and generally does not bring severe damage. That quake caused major government facilities to evacuate, and also caused damage to the Washington Monument. It originated in Louisa, Va.

Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado.

"I was talking with the other seismologists and we said, 'Wow, we don't ever remember a quake in DE", he said.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage thus far.

In Baltimore, the jolt was strong enough to send some people streaming out of buildings and into the streets.

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"What we felt was kinda just a rumble, and I didn't quite know what to make of it and it was loud as well". "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".

Martin Pagliughi, coordinator of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, said he felt the tremors. "I stepped outside and spoke to some co-workers who weren't really sure what was going on either", Jenne explained.

SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage.

This 4.4 was the most powerful natural disaster in the last six months.

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