Rare Earthquake Shakes U.S. East Coast

April 5, 2024

This is one of the largest earthquakes on the East Coast in the last century.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake (with an epicenter in New Jersey) caused alarm up and down the East Coast Friday morning, with the effects felt as far north as New Hampshire and as far south as Delaware.

Why It Matters: East Coast earthquakes rarely occur but when they do, many people feel the impact due to the population density of the area.

Notable: No serious injuries or damage reported.

“Earthquakes large enough to be felt by a lot of people are relatively uncommon on the East Coast. Since 1950 there have been about 20 quakes with a magnitude above 4.5, according to the United States Geological Survey. That’s compared with over 1,000 on the West Coast.” (The Associated Press)

“The last time an earthquake with a magnitude close to 5 struck near New York City was back in 1884, the USGS said. That quake appeared to have been centered in Brooklyn.” (The New York Post)

The social media account of the Empire State Building adding some humor to the scary moment for some New Yorkers.

by Jenna Lee,