Earthquake felt in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

PUBLISHED Thu, November 30, 2017 - 5:03pm EST
Credit: USGS

A light earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 has struck Delaware, with shaking felt as far away as Baltimore, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available.

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The earthquake, which struck at 4:47 p.m. ET on Thursday, was centered about 6.4 miles northeast of Dover, or 11 miles southeast of Smyrna. It struck at a depth of 5 miles, making it a very shallow earthquake.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4, down from an initial estimate of 5.1. People across the region - as far away as Salisbury, Annapolis, Baltimore, Wilmington, Vineland, Lancaster, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and New York City - reported feeling it.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, but it is the largest earthquake to have hit Delaware in modern history.

Computer models from the USGS estimated that as many as 55 million people across the region may have felt the earthquake, though the vast majority - if they noticed it - would have felt only very weak shaking. About 156,000 people could have experienced "moderate" shaking.

The strongest shaking was felt in Dover, the USGS said.

"Shook for about 10 seconds. Definite earthquake. Neighbors all in the streets for confirmation of what was felt by all," a resident in Dover told EMSC. Another resident said: "Five seconds of house rumbling, some things shaking .. then like nothing had ever happened."

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