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Another Quake Hits New Jersey: Is the East Coast on Edge?

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Tewkesbury NJ, a small 2.9 magnitude earthquake rattled New Jersey on Saturday morning, just three weeks after a more forceful 4.8 quake hit the Garden State and surrounding regions.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management  : Our region experienced an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.9, with an epicenter near Gladstone, NJ (Somerset County).

We have not received any reports of damage to structures, roadways, or infrastructure.

The natural phenomenon hit near Tewksbury this morning at around 9:49 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tewksbury is located in Hunterdon County, which is about 35 miles west of New York City.

It is unclear if the seismic activity was an aftershock from the April 5 earthquake. That event was centered near Whitehouse Station, which is about five miles south of Tewksbury, and was felt from Washington D.C. to Maine, according to the USGS.

A small 2.9 magnitude earthquake rattled New Jersey Saturday morning, just three weeks after a more forceful 4.8 quake hit the Garden State and surrounding regions.

More than 130 aftershocks have been recorded in the region since the April 5 rattler, which was estimated to have been felt by more than 42 million people in 14 states.

“I’d have to say it was the strongest aftershock since that day except this time I knew what I was feeling, unlike that Friday when I had no idea what was going on,” Papa said.

“I think we’re all just in shock that this is still going on. I figured we would never feel anything like this again for another hundred years and here we are about a month later still feeling strong aftershocks, it just makes us wonder what is going on? And of course, our dog is terrified and will likely never be the same again.”

Earthquakes are rare along the East Coast, with the most powerful one in the last 100 years hitting in August 2011, clocking 5.8 on the Richter scale. It was centered in Virginia and felt from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

The recent quakes follow a 1.7 magnitude earthquake in New York City on Jan. 2.

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