Earthquake of magnitude 4.7 in New Jersey. What we know.

HOLR has the latest news buzzing across the East Coast as a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck near East Freehold, New Jersey, reportedly sending tremors across New York City and neighboring regions. The unexpected seismic event rattled residents and sparked conversations about the region’s preparedness for such natural occurrences. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was near Lebanon, New Jersey, noted here.

New Jersey Earthquake 2024

While earthquakes are not uncommon along the West Coast of the United States, seismic activity in the East Coast region is comparatively rare but not unheard of. In 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake originating in Virginia sent tremors up the Eastern Seaboard, causing minor damage and widespread concern (noted here). The event served as a wake-up call for many in the region, highlighting the importance of earthquake preparedness and resilience.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on X, “A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck west of Manhattan and has been felt across New York. My team is currently evaluating the impacts and any potential damage, and we will provide updates to the public throughout the day.”

New Jersey Earthquake today

As the tremors from the 4.7 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey gradually subside, residents of the East Coast are left reflecting on the region’s susceptibility to seismic events. While the earthquake caused minimal damage, it serves as a reminder of the importance of preparedness and vigilance in the face of natural disasters.

Published by HOLR Magazine.

Image credits: @Govkathyhochul X and Unsplash

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