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A Magnitude-Four.1 Earthquake Simply Hit Delaware

The epicenter of a magnitude Four.1 earthquake hit close to Dover, Delaware, right this moment (Nov. 30).

Credit score: U.S. Geological Survey

This story was up to date Nov. 30 at 11:18 p.m. EST. 

A magnitude-Four.1 earthquake simply hit close to Dover, Delaware, shocking folks within the First State, a spot unaccustomed to tremblers.

The earthquake hit 5 miles (Eight.1 kilometers) underground at Four:47 p.m. EST right this moment (Nov. 30), in keeping with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter, positioned inside the Bombay Hook Nationwide Wildlife Refuge, was 6.Four miles (10.three km) east of Delaware’s capital, Dover, which has a inhabitants of about 36,000, USGS reported.

Folks reported feeling the earthquake in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in keeping with the USGS “Did You Really feel It?” website, the place folks can report the place they felt the bottom shake. [The 10 Biggest Earthquakes in History]

There isn’t a tsunami warning from the earthquake, in keeping with the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Furthermore, there aren’t any experiences of accidents or damages, Gary Laing, a spokesman with the Delaware Emergency Administration Company, advised Delaware On-line.  

The earthquake additionally registered on the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, meteorologist Brian Lada famous on Twitter.

Earthquakes are unusual east of the Rocky Mountains. Nevertheless, after they occur, they’re typically felt over a wider space than earthquakes of similar-magnitudes on the West Coast, in keeping with the USGS. In actual fact, East Coast earthquakes “might be felt over an space greater than 10 occasions bigger than an identical magnitude earthquake on the West Coast,” the USGS wrote in a press release.  

A shake map for the Delaware earthquake

A shake map for the Delaware earthquake

Credit score: U.S. Geological Survey

It is not but clear what brought about right this moment’s earthquake, however most earthquakes on the East Coast happen at faults inside bedrock, the USGS reported.

The final massive quake to hit the East Coast was the 5.Eight-magnitude earthquake close to Mineral, Virginia, that shocked tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals on Aug. 23, 2011. That earthquake was felt from Maine to Georgia, and as far west as Chicago, in keeping with the USGS.

The 2011 earthquake was attributable to geologic buildings inside the Appalachian Mountains, whose curves replicate the twisted stays of historical continental collisions, Reside Science beforehand reported.

Editor’s Notice: This story was up to date to replicate that the earthquake was a Four.1-magnitude earthquake, not a Four.Four-magnitude earthquake as USGS beforehand reported. 

Unique article on Reside Science.

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