4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Delaware

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Thursday afternoon near Dover, Delaware, and was felt from New York to Baltimore.

The rare mid-Atlantic earthquake was about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover and was registered at a depth of 5 miles, the US Geological Survey reported.

It was the strongest recorded earthquake in the state’s history, Jaime Tomlinson, a geologist with the Delaware Geological Survey, said. An earthquake in 1871 predated seismograph recording but was estimated at 4.1.

“We definitely felt it here,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of Delaware State Police. “We have not received any reports of damage at this time. (My) house shook and you could hear thing rattle. It sounded like a train and lasted about a second.”

Roland Balik, a spokesman for the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, said he did not feel it but said people on base were talking about it.

The quake’s epicenter was about 50 miles from Philadelphia, 66 miles from Baltimore, 90 miles from Washington and 125 miles from New York City.

Mary Bracken of Yardley, Pennsylvania, told CNN affiliate KYW that she was sitting on a bed on the second floor of her home.

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SOURCE: CNN, Steve Almasy