4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Delaware

Dec 01, 2017, 01:34
4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Delaware

The largest natural disaster to hit Philadelphia in recent memory was in 2011, when a 5.8 magnitude quake centered in Virginia throttled the city and was felt from Georgia to Canada.

According to the USGS, the natural disaster occurred at 4:47 p.m. - centering just 6 miles east-northeast of the state's capital of Dover. It was then downgraded to a 4.1.

The quake was felt in other states along the East Coast including NY.

The United States Geological Survey said the epicenter was located near the coast of Delaware Bay, approximately 6 miles northeast of Dover.

"I felt the whole house nearly like waving", he said.

The quake previously reported at magnitude 5.1 and then at 4.4 was centred in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday
The quake previously reported at magnitude 5.1 and then at 4.4 was centred in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday

"It's a decently large natural disaster for the area because they don't happen very frequently", USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said. "I thought the house was falling". "They are somewhat random events here on the East Coast because we're not near some of the more active plate boundaries where we tend to find earthquakes".

This is likely the strongest quake the mid-Atlantic has felt since about 2011, News4's Amelia Draper says.

The impact was reportedly also felt in Milford.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

This story is developing and we'll have more when it's available.

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