4.1 magnitude natural disaster rocks East Coast

Dec 01, 2017, 06:20
4.1 magnitude natural disaster rocks East Coast

An natural disaster shook the region late Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS said the quake hit at about 4:45 p.m. approximately 6 miles east-northeast of Dover, Delaware and at a depth of about 4.3 miles.

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. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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

Magnitude 6.0 earthquakes are considered strong and can cause severe damage, especially in densely populated areas. That natural disaster was felt over much of the eastern seaboard and part of the Midwest.

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

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The Delaware quake is a rare seismological occurrence for the U.S. Northeast, officials said, with the temblor's strength equaling the estimated magnitude of an 1871 quake that was believed to be the largest ever in the state.

Others commented that they had not felt a thing.

DE 105.9's Rob Petree hit the streets of Dover for reaction from residents on what they experienced during the quake, which one man said was deafening. She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation. If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt. Carberry, who is from the West Coast, said she told co-workers, "I'm pretty sure this is an quake".

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This 4.4 was the most powerful quake in the last six months. The impact of that quake included damage to the Washington Monument and National Cathedral in Washington, both of which are still undergoing repairs.

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