Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Shakes Buildings in New York City, New Jersey

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Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Shakes Buildings in New York City, New Jersey

| Updated: April 5, 2024 21:07

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, sent shockwaves through New York City and neighbouring states on Friday morning. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the quake occurred approximately 5 miles north of Whitehouse Station at 10:23 a.m., with the epicentre about 45 miles from New York City.

Residents in the affected areas reported shaking furniture and floors, but no major disruptions or damage have been reported in either New Jersey or New York.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that many incoming flights at the three major airports in and around New York City were diverted due to the quake.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center and urged residents to call 911 only in case of an actual emergency.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed that the quake was felt throughout New York and stated that officials are currently assessing the impacts and any potential damage. She assured the public that updates would be provided throughout the day.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano reported that City Hall shook but no injuries were reported.

The National Tsunami Warning Center has confirmed that there is no danger of a tsunami on the east coast following the quake.

A spokesman for New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated that there were no major impacts from the quake on the city. The city’s emergency alert system issued an alert about the quake approximately 40 minutes after it occurred.

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