USGS reports 5.1 magnitude quake felt throughout East Coast

Saul Bowman
December 1, 2017

The natural disaster, centered about 6.2 miles northeast of Dover, Delaware and 136 miles from New York City, occurred at 4:48 p.m., the spokeswoman said.

A magnitude 4.4 quake with its epicenter about 100 miles south of Saucon Valley in central DE was felt Thursday afternoon by some local residents, but not by others. He said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region.

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

The quake, which was really a tremor, was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude natural disaster but was quickly downgraded to 4.1.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to local officials.


Twitter users, including History Professor Kevin Kruse, also feeling the natural disaster in Princeton.

"We definitely felt it here", said Master Cpl.

People said they felt shaking for about 10 seconds.

"I was sitting in bed watching TV and I felt the bed shaking and it was pretty scary", said Rebecca from Dover. "I stepped outside and spoke to some co-workers who weren't really sure what was going on either", Jenne explained.

Iran has experienced at least two major quake disasters since - one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead. The impact of that quake included damage to the Washington Monument and National Cathedral in Washington, both of which are still undergoing repairs.

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