May 21, 2018

Rush hour natural disaster shakes region

01 December 2017, 06:13 | Marta Robbins

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake in Delaware was felt throughout the Philadelphia region. Courtesy of USGS

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake in Delaware was felt throughout the Philadelphia region.  
     Courtesy of USGS

Thursday's quake was originally reported as having a magnitude of 5.1 and then 4.4.

"That is a pretty small natural disaster", a USGS spokeswoman said by telephone. The quake struck at 4:47 p.m. "And in the eastern region of the United States they are fairly uncommon".

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

The station also writes that Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS, says there is potential for aftershocks. Significant damage does not typically occur with quakes of this size, and so far there are no reports of any injuries. If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt.

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Sgt. Rene Carberry, a spokeswoman at Dover Air Force Base, said people on the military installation felt the tremor; some went outside to see if something had fallen down. "I stepped outside and spoke to some co-workers who weren't really sure what was going on either", Jenne explained.

"It felt like I was going up and down and the building was going up and down", he said. "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".

WUSA9 Meteorologist Howard Bernstein compared the DE quake to one DC felt in August 2011. That quake caused major government facilities to evacuate, and also caused damage to the Washington Monument.

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