Shockwaves from DE natural disaster felt in Lehigh Valley

by Abel Hampton December 1, 2017, 1:32
Shockwaves from DE natural disaster felt in Lehigh Valley

The natural disaster was initially reported as a 5.1 magnitude, but USGS confirms to WJZ that it was only a 4.4 quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported that the quake registered a 5.1 magnitude, before revising it down to 4.4 and later 4.1. Officials revised that number to 4.4, then to 4.1. An initial seismographic recording around 4:47 p.m. called the quake 4.4-magnitude, but the recording at is epicenter was listed as a 5.1. -magnitude.

Reports of shaking from the quake were reported in New York City and Long Island and as far north as Kingston in New York State.

According to Delaware Emergency Management Agency, there are no reports of damages and injuries.

The tremors were felt in Atlantic City, where Gino Martinelli, 67, said his house seemed to turn to rubber for about four seconds.

East Coast earthquakes are rare events, but they are high-risk because many buildings are not created to withstand strong shaking. A magnitude 5.8 quake (Mineral, VA 8/2011) is 50.118 times bigger than a magnitude 4.1 natural disaster, but it is 354.813 times stronger (energy release).

The impact was reportedly also felt in Milford.

47ABC will continue to update this story and we will have more in the NewsHour at 5:30 PM.


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