Earthquake Rocks East Coast: New Jersey, New York Residents Shaken

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Morning Tremors: 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks New Jersey and New York

Early Friday morning, residents of New Jersey and New York were awakened by an unexpected shake as a small earthquake struck the region. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the quake at 4.8, which may be subject to adjustment as further investigation is conducted.

New Jersey and New York Governors Respond

Governor Josh Shapiro of New Jersey released a statement acknowledging the earthquake: “We are actively assessing the situation and coordinating with counties to determine the extent of any damage. Our team remains vigilant in monitoring the situation and will provide updates to the public.”

Governor Kathy Hochul of New York echoed similar sentiments: “My team is attentively addressing the situation. We will share the latest updates with the public throughout the day.”

Residents Share Experiences on Social Media

New Yorkers and residents of surrounding areas took to social media to share their experiences of the earthquake. Many described feeling the ground shaking beneath their feet in Manhattan, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey.

  • “I was startled awake by a sudden jolt. It felt like the whole building was trembling,” tweeted a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • “Never experienced an earthquake before! I thought my apartment was falling down,” posted a commuter in Manhattan.

Emergency Services on Standby

Emergency services in both New York and New Jersey were put on high alert following the earthquake. However, the Fire Department of New York reported no initial reports of damage or injuries.

As part of the emergency response, New York City residents received text message alerts notifying them of the earthquake and urging them to stay calm and follow any instructions from authorities.

Ongoing Assessment and Monitoring

The situation remains fluid as authorities assess the potential impact of the earthquake. Teams from both states are actively working to identify any damage to infrastructure, buildings, or other properties.

Official updates will continue to be provided by the governors’ offices and emergency management agencies as information becomes available. Residents are advised to follow the guidance of authorities and stay informed through trusted sources.

LA News Center will provide the most up-to-date information on this developing story. Stay tuned for further updates.