Earthquake Hits New York and New Jersey

A Strong earthquake hits New York and New Jersey this morning. The incident happened at approximately 10:23am

People from Baltimore to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border said they felt the ground tremble. While there were no initial indications of catastrophic damage, officials were inspecting bridges and other important infrastructure. Amtrak paused trains along the busy Northeast Corridor, while a Philadelphia-area commuter rail line canceled operations due to “an abundance of caution.”

The earthquake shook New York City area Friday morning, with residents around the Northeast reporting rumbling in an area unaccustomed to earthquakes.

At 10:23 a.m., the US Geological Survey reported a tremor with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, centered at Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, or roughly 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia. According to the agency’s estimations, the quake might have affected more than 42 million people.

Flights were halted at surrounding airports following the earthquake, but they resumed at 12:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Residual delays were predicted.

Friday’s tremor was the strongest felt in the capital since the 2011 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia, which forced the evacuation of capital Hall and other buildings and caused damage in Washington.

Earthquake magnitudes are measured on a logarithmic scale, which means that the amount of energy generated by a quake multiplies by more than 30 for every whole number.

The 1989 earthquake, which halted baseball’s World Series and shook San Francisco, was estimated at 6.9 magnitude, making it more than 1,000 times stronger than Friday’s quake.

Earthquakes in the eastern United States are felt over a significantly larger area because the bedrock is more older and harder, allowing seismic energy to flow more freely, according to the USGS. The rocks in the Western United States are younger and have more faults that absorb earthquake energy.

The earthquake struck at 10:23 a.m. Eastern time, slightly under three miles beneath the surface at Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, roughly 50 miles from Manhattan, according to the United States Geological Survey.

There have been no injuries or deaths recorded in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or Washington, D.C. By 12:30 p.m., no substantial building damage had been identified, including in New York City, but assessments were proceeding in the quake-affected areas.

Millions of people all along the East Coast were frightened by the powerful and unexpected shaking.

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