New Jersey earthquake felt in Delaware

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USGS map of area where the earthquake was felt

An earthquake centered in northern New Jersey was felt in a large area that included Delaware and portions of New England.

The United States Geological Survey reported the moderate 4.8 Richter Scale quake was located near White Horse Station, an outer suburb of New York City and home of pharmaceutical giant Merck. White Horse Station is about an hour and 45 minute drive from the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

There were no initial reports of damage.

The 4.8 tremor may be the biggest in the region since a 2011 earthquake centered in Virginia damaged the Washington Monument and other Washington, D.C. landmarks. The Virginia quake measured 5.8 and was far more powerful than the one reported today.

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Social media reports included an individual in Bear, DE reporting the quake was felt on the second floor of their home.

If you felt the quake, you can report it on USGS’s Facebook page.

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