4.1 earthquake in Delaware felt across East Coast
The US Geological Survey initially reported a 5.1 earthquake offshore of Dover, Delaware on Thursday afternoon, but adjusted the magnitude to 4.4 shortly after 5:00pm Eastern time. The USGS then settled on a 4.1 magnitude within the hour.
Social media users reported feeling the shaker in Baltimore, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Witnesses reported the quake in Brooklyn, New York, nearly 200 miles north of its epicenter.
“We wouldn’t expect to have damage from an earthquake of this size,” USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told Delaware Online. “We know from the past even when we have quakes above magnitude 3 on the East Coast, they’re felt pretty far away.”
Some who felt the tremors made light of the situation on social media.