4.4 magnitude DE natural disaster shakes Philly, South Jersey region

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

Reports of shaking from the natural disaster were reported in New York City and Long Island and as far north as Kingston in New York State.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported that the quake registered a 5.1 magnitude, before revising it down to 4.4 and later 4.1.

The natural disaster, which was really a tremor, was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude quake but was quickly downgraded to 4.1.

The epicenter was measured just 6 miles east-northeast of the 1-mile concrete track, according to the United States Geological Society.

Many have taken to social media to talk about the quake, and are blaming "fracking". "Along with this fracking-enabled rush have come troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions". Significant damage does not typically occur with quakes of this size, and so far there are no reports of any injuries.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado, said he didn't expect any significant damage from the small quake, which he described as unusual.

There were no immediate reports of damage.


The 6.0 quake was quickly followed by a 5.0 aftershock slightly closer to Kerman, at the same depth.

Husam Albarmawi, a 30-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, rushed out of an apartment tower with his wife when they felt two separate jolts roughly 20 seconds apart in their 23rd-story apartment.

Carberry said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change in operations was expected. If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt.

"I turned around and one of my co-workers was coming down the hall with the big-eyes look", he said.

Martin Pagliughi, coordinator of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, said he felt the tremors.

This 4.4 was the most powerful natural disaster in the last six months.

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