Quake in DE felt in NYC

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rumbles DC Area
ABC News: Preliminary 5.1 earthquake hits Dover
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01 December, 2017

New Jersey was mildly rocked by a 4.1-magnitude natural disaster that struck 6 miles northeast of Dover, Delaware, on Thursday afternoon.

The preliminary magnitude-4.4 quake struck at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was approximately six miles east-northeast of Dover and hit at 4:47 p.m with a depth of about five miles. "At this point there is no reported damages to any of the buildings or any injuries".

Caruso said he didn't expect any significant damage, given the small size of the quake.

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

It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said. It was later downgraded again to 4.1magnitude.

Oxford Circus Tube station: Police respond to incident
Pictures and video on social media showed armed officers at Oxford Circus station and people being led away from Oxford Street . The area, full of big-name chain shops and department stores, was packed with shoppers browsing Black Friday sales.

DE was reclassified from being a low seismic risk state to being a medium seismic risk state In 1997 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The most destructive recent natural disaster hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq.

MORE: Can hurricanes cause earthquakes?

A look at the epicenter of Thursday's quake in Delaware. That event took place in 1871 and was an estimated magnitude 4.1. There have been 76 in the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada since June 1, though a lot of them were under a magnitude of 2, so were basically unnoticeable by humans. According to visitors to the USGS website, the quake was felt as far north as New Milford, Connecticut and as far south as Chesapeake, Virginia.

The USGS has revised the magnitude down from 5.1.


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