4.4 magnitude DE quake shakes Philly, South Jersey region

Trevor Jackson
December 1, 2017

A strong quake of magnitude 6.0 has struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman, the US Geological Survey says.

It was centered 3 miles (4.8 km) from Little Creek, Delaware, and was felt in Philadelphia in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, some 57 miles (91 km) from the epicenter.

Reports on the USGS website indicated shaking felt from Queens, New York south to Washington, DC.

Widespread shaking was felt across much of South Jersey about 4:50 p.m. Thursday, after an quake was reported in Delaware.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injury. It was the biggest tremor to strike the East Coast in six years.

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The quake, rare in the U.S. Northeast, was previously reported at magnitude 5.1.

The quake jolted downtown Dover, sending lawmakers and workers in the statehouse outdoors to see what happened.

It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said.

Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado. "Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it". She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

Readers may recall the 2011 quake that had an epicenter 38 miles northwest of Richmond. There have been 76 in the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada since June 1, though a lot of them were under a magnitude of 2, so were basically unnoticeable by humans.

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