4.4 magnitude DE quake shakes Philly, South Jersey region

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

The quake, 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.

The 4.1 magnitude quake was reported at 4:48 p.m. 10 KM east northeast of Dover Base Housing in Delaware, USGS confirms.

"There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time", said Delaware Emergency Management Agency in a release.

A 4.4 magnitude natural disaster is considered minor and usually causes minimal damage, if any. Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story. People from as far away as Washington and New York City reported that they felt the movement.

The Maryland Emergency Management Office said the quake was felt by many in the state neighbouring DE to the west.

DE 105.9's Rob Petree hit the streets of Dover for reaction from residents on what they experienced during the quake, which one man said was deafening.

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Sgt. Rene Carberry, a spokeswoman at Dover Air Force Base, said people on the military installation felt it; some went outside to see if something had fallen down. It was hard to immediately predict if there would be aftershocks, she said.

The station also writes that Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS, says there is potential for aftershocks. He said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region.

In Baltimore, the jolt was strong enough to send some people streaming out of buildings and into the streets.

"What we felt was kinda just a rumble, and I didn't quite know what to make of it and it was loud as well". She said there were no signs of damage at the base nor would there be any change in its operation.

Initially, the USGS reported the quake at 5.1, but later downgraded the number to 4.4 then 4.1. "It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising".

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