Magnitude 3.1 earthquake reported in New Jersey 9 years after quake


A brief rumble woke the people of New Jersey up early Wednesday, right after they returned to work and school after Labor Day weekend.

The US Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude 3.1 earthquake near Freehold Township.

The earthquake reportedly occurred just over a mile southeast of East Freehold just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, the USGS said on its earthquake risk program website minutes after the quake. ‘event.

The National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office tweeted that the small earthquake was felt “across much of central New Jersey.”

New Jersey residents in Freehold and beyond posted about the late-night earthquake on social media, checking to see if everyone was feeling the same jolt. The clicking sound woke some residents who had fallen asleep, while others were surprised by the event as they prepared to surrender for the night. Some people have received earthquake alerts on their phones.

New Yorkers said they felt the event from Jersey to Staten Island and Queens.

“It looked like a dump truck a few floors higher, but about 4 to 5 blocks away,” a resident of Matawan reported on an earthquake-tracking website run by the Europe-Mediterranean Seismological Center. in Paris. “He rumbled the ground for about 5 seconds. I could feel my feet on the floor and through the seat of the chair.

The US Geological Survey examined a report of a 3.1 magnitude earthquake just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.USGS

The EMSC, which uses an app called LastQuake to collect witness reports, has received testimonials from people within 30 miles of the earthquake’s origin.

“The whole house shook for several seconds at 2 a.m.,” reported a resident of eastern Brunswick. “At first I thought it might have been a low-flying plane or helicopter, but none in the area.”

“Everyone woke up, including the dog,” said one Roosevelt resident. “I thought a car had hit the garage.”

Roughly nine years ago, on the afternoon of August 23, 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in central Virginia shook buildings in New Jersey. It was one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in the eastern United States

No major damage was reported in New Jersey at that time, but some buildings were evacuated and many residents felt tremors in their cars and offices.

The 2011 earthquake was the most felt in recent memory, but there were other minor events.

A magnitude 2.8 earthquake struck near Bernardsville in 2015. In 2014, a magnitude 1.7 earthquake rocked New Jersey southeast of Trenton. And in 2012, just days after Hurricane Sandy, a magnitude 2.0 earthquake struck near Ringwood.

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