Earthquake in New Jersey shakes parts of Northeast

(WHTM) – A "notable" earthquake was recorded near Lebanon, New Jersey, on Friday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, with rumblings felt throughout the Northeast.

The quake also shook the New York City metropolitan area; The Fire Department of New York said there were no initial reports of damage.

“While we do not have any reports of major impacts at this time, we’re still assessing the impact," a spokesperson for NYC Mayor Eric Adams said Friday.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake, which took place at 10:23 a.m., had a preliminary magnitude of 4.7. The reading was recorded in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, around 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia.

People in upstate New York, Baltimore, Connecticut and other areas of the East Coast unaccustomed to earthquakes also reported feeling the ground shake.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul posted on X that the quake was felt throughout the state. “My team is assessing impacts and any damage that may have occurred, and we will update the public throughout the day,” Hochul said.

There is no risk of a tsunami from this earthquake according to the United States Tsunami Warning System.

Officials say anyone who observes structural damage or smells natural gas following an earthquake is advised to leave the area and call 911.

According to the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the largest earthquake felt in New Jersey happened in 1783 and was a 5.3 magnitude quake. It was reported west of New York City and was felt from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania.

The Friday quake also 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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