Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rare Quake Felt Along Mid-Atlantic Region; 4.1 Strikes Delaware

Delaware earthquake: Mid-atlantic quake felt across multiple states

A preliminary magnitude-4.1 earthquake struck Thursday afternoon near Dover, the US Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake was about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover and was registered at a depth of 5 miles.
“We definitely felt it here,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of Delaware State Police. “We have not received any reports of damage at this time. (My) house shook and you could hear thing rattle. It sounded like a train and lasted about a second.”
Roland Balik, a spokesman for the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, said he did not feel it but said people on base were talking about it.
The quake’s epicenter was about 50 miles from Philadelphia, 90 miles from Washington and 125 miles from New York City.
According to a map from the USGS, the quake was felt in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast of the U.S. on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to buildings.

The quake, which hit at 4:45 p.m. ET was centered about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover, Delaware. It was felt across Maryland, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time," the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) tweeted. "Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it."
"Do not call 911 to inquire if an earthquake occurred as it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies," the agency wrote.
The quake jolted downtown Dover, sending lawmakers and workers in the statehouse outdoors to see what happened. Police and emergency officials did not have any immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The Maryland Emergency Management Office said the earthquake was felt by many in the state neighboring Delaware to the west. The agency tweeted that people should "drop, cover and hold on if you feel the earth move."
Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS's earthquake information center in Colorado, said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region. Caruso said he didn't expect any significant damage, given the small size of the quake.

A rare earthquake jolted the Philadelphia region on Thursday evening, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.1 magnitude quake struck just after 4:45 p.m., and was centered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware.

People from as far away as Washington and New York City reported that they felt the movement.

Sgt. Rene Carberry, a spokeswoman at Dover Air Force Base, told the Associated Press that people on the military installation felt it; some went outside to see if something had fallen down.

Carberry, who is from the West Coast, said she told co-workers, "I'm pretty sure this is an earthquake."

She said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change was expected in its operations.

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