4.8 magnitude earthquake hits New York City

Earthquake Rattles Northeast, but Little Damage Is Reported

The New York area’s strongest earthquake in 140 years rattled northern New Jersey on Friday morning, shaking office buildings in Manhattan and snarling travel. 

The preliminary 4.8 magnitude temblor was the strongest in the New York area since 1884, according to the US Geological Survey. It occurred near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and was felt along the Acela rail corridor from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C.

It happened around 10:23 a.m. An earthquake between 4.0 and 4.9 is considered to be minor to moderate.

There are an estimated 13,000 earthquakes in that range worldwide every year, according to a chart from Penn State University.

It originated near the Ramapo Fault Line that extends from near the Hudson River in southeastern New York to just south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said there is only “limited damage” across the state, including in Lebanon. He says the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated.

Murphy is asking residents not to call 911 unless there is an actual emergency.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro says his team and the Pa. Emergency Management Agency are actively monitoring the situation.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the earthquake and his team is monitoring potential impacts, according to White House officials.

NJ Transit says the rail system is seeing 20-minute delays due to bridge inspections following the earthquake.

PATCO suspended service for about an hour but service has since resumed.

SEPTA says it has no reports of any damage and it will be inspecting infrastructure as part of standard post-earthquake operations.

Amtrak has implemented speed restrictions across the Northeast as it inspects tracks.

Philadelphia International Airport said runways were shut down for about 10 to 20 minutes after the quake but they have since reopened.

The quake also rattled New York City, but officials there say there has been sustained no major impacts.

The earthquake could be felt as far south as Washington, D.C., and as far north as Maine, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

While there were no immediate reports of serious damage, officials were checking bridges and other major infrastructure.

Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker said no damage has been found at the city’s municipal complex, and no injuries have been reported in the city so far.

“The city has come through this earthquake in very good shape,” Parker said.

Culled from ABC News