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Northeast Shaken by Significant Earthquake: What You Need to Know

Lebanon, New Jersey – A powerful earthquake rattled the densely populated Northeast region of the United States today, April 5th, 2024. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at a magnitude of 4.8, with an epicenter near Lebanon, New Jersey. Residents across the region reported feeling shaking, with tremors extending as far as Maine and Maryland.

Key Details

  • Magnitude: 4.8
  • Epicenter: Approximately 7 miles north of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
  • Time: 10:25 am EDT
  • Aftershocks: A significant 4.0-magnitude aftershock occurred around 6 p.m. EDT. Smaller aftershocks are possible in the coming days.
  • Damage: No reports of major damage or injuries at this time.

Where Was the Earthquake Felt?

The earthquake caused shaking throughout the Northeast corridor, with reports of tremors in the following states:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

Residents in major cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston reported feeling the earthquake.

Is This Unusual?

While earthquakes are less common in the Northeast compared to regions like California, they do occur. This is the strongest earthquake to hit the Northeast in over a decade, and the strongest to strike New Jersey in nearly 250 years.

What to Do

  • Stay informed: Follow updates from official sources like the USGS ( and your local emergency management agencies.
  • Prepare for aftershocks: Smaller aftershocks are possible. Be familiar with “drop, cover, and hold on” procedures.
  • Check for damage: Inspect your home or office for minor damage. Report any significant damage to local authorities.

Staying Safe in an Earthquake

If you feel an earthquake:

  1. Drop: Get under a sturdy table or desk.
  2. Cover: Protect your head and neck.
  3. Hold on: Stay in place until the shaking stops.

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