The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that a 4.4 magnitude shook the east coast on Thursday afternoon, shaking the ground from New York City to Washington, D.C.
The epicenter of the quake occurred roughly six miles east of Dover, Delaware.
Initially, the quake’s magnitude reading was thought to have been 5.1-magnitude, however, those readings have been lowered to 4.4 -magnitude.
Individuals in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle reported feeling the quake. As of now, there are no reports of injuries or damage to buildings.
Earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.0-4.9 are generally characterized by noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. They’re felt by most people in the affected area, but generally minimal damage.
State emergency officials are asking citizens to refrain from calling 911 unless there is an actual emergency; however, a statement from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency stated, “There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time. Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it.”
Early Thursday morning, a 2.7-magnitude quake shook the East Tennessee community of Maynardville, near the borders of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
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