'Small' Delaware natural disaster felt in tristate area, USGS says

Casey Dawson
December 1, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.1 magnitude quake struck just after 4:45 p.m. and was centered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware.

The quake's epicenter was about 50 miles from Philadelphia, 66 miles from Baltimore, 90 miles from Washington and 125 miles from New York City.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties, and it appears most of the shaking was relatively minor.

A look at the epicenter of Thursday's natural disaster in Delaware.

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. Police and emergency officials did not have any immediate reports of damage or injuries. (My) house shook and you could hear thing rattle.

SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage.

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Carberry said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change in operations was expected.

A USGS map shows where the November 30 quake was felt throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and beyond.

It was followed up ten minutes later by a less powerful 5.0 aftershock in the same area, the survey said.

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A 2011 Virginia quake, that measured a much larger magnitude 5.8, was felt from North Carolina to even Canada. Data from multiple monitoring stations finally registered the temblor at 4.1, according to USGS.

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