4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Confirmed in NJ

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed a 4.8 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Whitehouse Station in Hunterdon County occurred this morning at around 10:23 a.m. The earthquake was felt across New Jersey, with reports of it also being felt in Philadelphia, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and even as far as Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

U.S. Geological Survey data showed that this was the largest earthquake in the area since 1973, and one of the largest in the state’s history. (A 5.3 magnitude earthquake impacted New Jersey in 1783, the largest in state history).

Those impacted reported the floors and walls of their houses shaking, which lasted for approximately 20 seconds. Trees and bushes could also be seen moving as if impacted by high winds.

“Our region just experienced an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7, with an epicenter near Readington in Hunterdon County. We have activated our State Emergency Operations Center. Please do not call 911 unless you have an actual emergency,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on social media.

So far, there are no reports of widespread damage as a result of the earthquake.

“So far so good. We have limited reports of damage, but we are still gathering information,” Murphy said on a call with ABC News. He urged residents to stay alert and use common sense in the event of aftershocks.

Newark and JFK airports were both on ground stops while runways were inspected for damage, but those have since been lifted. Additionally, NJ Transit said to expect 20 minute delays in both directions due to bridge inspections.

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