USGS: 4.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Lebanon, New Jersey; rattling tri-state area

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.7 magnitude earthquake has hit near Lebanon, New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

and Associated Press

Apr 5, 2024, 2:43 PM

Updated 45 days ago


The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.8 magnitude earthquake has hit near Lebanon, New Jersey Friday morning with impacts felt throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The agency reported a quake at 10:23 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, centered near Lebanon, New Jersey, or about 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia. U.S.G.S. figures indicated that the quake might have been felt by more than 42 million people.
New York City’s emergency notification system said in a social media post more than 30 minutes after the quake that it had no reports of damage or injuries in the city.
The USGS later reported a 4.0 magnitude aftershock in Tewksbury, New Jersey.
In midtown Manhattan, the usual cacophony of traffic grew louder as motorists blared their horns on momentarily shuddering streets. Some Brooklyn residents heard a booming sound and their building shaking. In an apartment house in Manhattan’s East Village, a resident from more earthquake-prone California calmed nervous neighbors.
People in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Connecticut and other areas of the Northeast reported shaking. Tremors lasting for several seconds were felt over 200 miles away near the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border
The shaking stirred memories of the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake that jolted tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada. Registering magnitude 5.8, it was the strongest quake to hit the East Coast since World War II. The epicenter was in Virginia.
That earthquake left cracks in the Washington Monument, spurred the evacuation of the White House and Capitol and rattled New Yorkers three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
This is a developing story.

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