Natural disaster reported along East Coast, felt in NYC area

Michele Moreno
December 1, 2017

Channel 6 Action News in Philadelphia reported that the 4:47 p.m. temblor's epicenter was located about six miles east-northeast of Dover, Del., according to the United States Geological Service (USGS), which initially measured it at 5.1 on the Richter scale but quickly revised that number.

According to the Delaware Geological Survey's website, the most recent data available stated Delaware's strongest quake weighed in at a magnitude 4.1 on October 9, 1971, originating near Wilmington.

According to several local and national media outlets, the quake today did no damage and no one was reported injured. It was later revised to a 4.1 magnitude quake, which is considered light and generally does not bring severe damage. Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.

The last natural disaster to hit the mid-Atlantic was in 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude quake hit about 90 miles southwest of Washington, with shaking felt across much of the East Coast including here in New England.

The quake also grazed through parts of Maryland.

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

People said they felt shaking for about 10 seconds.

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

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

Initially, the USGS reported the natural disaster at 5.1, but later downgraded the number to 4.4 then 4.1.

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

Fill out the form and tell us where you were and if you felt anything. It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.

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