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Earthquake hits near Dover, Delaware; Shaking felt in major cities along I-95



An earthquake shook the mid-Atlantic late on Thursday afternoon with shaking felt from Washington, D.C. to New York City.

The magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred at 4:47 p.m. EST with the epicenter being located about 6 miles (10km) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake was shallow, occurring at a depth of just 5 miles (8.1 km).

Over 6,000 people said that they felt shaking during the earthquake on the USGS Did You Feel It reports page. Reports came in from as far away as Norfolk, Virginia to Providence, Rhode Island.

Shaking was reported in all of the major cities across the region, including in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

Shortly after the quake occurred, the USGS raised the magnitude to a 5.1, but it was later dropped to a 4.1.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Earthquakes of this magnitude are uncommon for this part of the United States.

In 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit Virginia with shaking felt across the entire region. Shaking from this larger quake was reported as far away as the New York-Ontario border.




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