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Mild Earthquake Hits Just North of Bergen County

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, did you feel it? A 2.2 magnitude earthquake was confirmed around the Hastings-On-Hudson and Yonkers area around 2 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey. A 2.2 earthquake is considered mild .

Generally, earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.2 are considered very minor and often go unnoticed by most people. The scale commonly used to measure the intensity of earthquakes is the Richter scale, which is logarithmic. This means that each whole number increase on the scale represents a tenfold increase in the amplitude of the seismic waves.

Here is a general breakdown of earthquake magnitudes and their corresponding descriptions:

  • Magnitude less than 2.0: Microearthquake – Not felt.
  • Magnitude 2.0 to 2.9: Very minor – Felt by a few people near the epicenter.
  • Magnitude 3.0 to 3.9: Minor – Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises, but no significant damage.
  • Magnitude 4.0 to 4.9: Light – Noticeable shaking of objects indoors, rattling noises, but generally no structural damage.
  • Magnitude 5.0 to 5.9: Moderate – Can cause damage to buildings and other structures, especially if they are not well-designed or constructed.
  • Magnitude 6.0 to 6.9: Strong – Can cause a lot of damage in populated areas.
  • Magnitude 7.0 to 7.9: Major – Can cause serious damage over large areas.
  • Magnitude 8.0 or higher: Great – Can cause catastrophic damage over several hundred miles.

It’s important to note that the effects of an earthquake can vary depending on factors such as distance from the epicenter, depth of the earthquake, local geology, and building infrastructure.

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