New York Earthquake with Magnitude of 4.8 has Shaken Northeast

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NEW YORK: On Friday morning, a powerful earthquake shook the surrounding area and New York City.

The incident took at around 10:20 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the earthquake, which had a magnitude of either 4.7 or 4.8, was located close to Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, which is 40 miles west of New York City.

There haven’t been any reports of damage thus far.

New York Earthquake

The Tri-State Area as a whole was affected, including upstate in Syracuse, Philadelphia, and even as far away as Baltimore. From New Jersey to Long Island, reports of rattling and vibrating structures were received.

The earthquake has been reported to Mayor Adams of New York City and Governor Kathy Hochul of New York. At noon, Adams was scheduled to provide a briefing.

“My team is assessing impacts and any damage that may have occurred, and we will update the public throughout the day,” Hochul posted to X.

New Jersey’s Emergency Operations Center has been launched, according to Governor Phil Murphy, who also advised citizens not to use 911 unless they are truly suffering an emergency.

According to the MTA, every bridge and tunnel in the New York City region is being inspected. As of for now, no damage has been reported.

“My apartment building began to shake as I was lying in bed. One New York City resident told Elijah Westbrook of CBS New York, “I started freaking out.”

There were evident wall cracks in an apartment in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.

The East Coast and New York City have experienced earthquakes before. In 1884, a 5.0 earthquake was recorded in New York City.

The Appalachian Mountains are the source of the major fault line known as the Ramapo Fault in New Jersey. Additionally, Manhattan Island is underpinned by at least five smaller fault lines.

The USGS issued a warning a few months ago that devastating earthquakes may strike over 75% of the US in the next 100 years.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Virginia in 2011 shook the whole East Coast.

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