A 4.8-magnitude Earthquake Strikes the New York City Area.


The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake struck the heavily populated New York City metropolitan area on Friday morning. Residents in the Northeast reported rumbling in an area where people are not used to feeling the ground shake.

The agency recorded an imaginary magnitude of 4.8 earthquakes, close to Lebanon, New Jersey—roughly 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia—at r:23 a.m. According to U.S.G.S. data, over 42 million individuals may have felt the earthquake.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes New York City:

At 10:23 a.m. on Friday, a magnitude 4.8 earthquake rocked New York City, causing windows to rattle, picture frames to tremble, and lamps to swing.

Brooklyn Heights resident Andrew Porter informed the Brooklyn Eagle, “I’m still shaking with an adrenaline rush.”

Sidney Meyer, a resident of Boerum Hill, reported that “the house shook for ten seconds” and that he immediately recognized it as an earthquake. “I knew it from the last one about 20 years ago.”

The epicenter of the earthquake, based on the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in Clinton in central New Jersey. Emergency Management in New York City said an earthquake occurred at 10:48 a.m.

Just before three o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that three minor aftershocks had struck the area after the major earthquake.

“Three significantly weaker aftershocks struck our location after this morning’s 4.8 magnitude earthquake: 1.8 magnitude at 12:31 p.m., 2.0 magnitude at 1:14 p.m., and 2.0 magnitude a few minutes ago. The author stated that these aftershocks are typical and shouldn’t result in more harm.

City Officials Claim There is No Harm and Justify the Delayed Notice:

Mayor Eric Adams and N.Y.C. Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol stated that there were no significant effects or safety incidents linked to the earthquake at a lunchtime press conference attended by many department officials. Iscol advised residents of New York to save 911 for “life safety events” and to report damage by calling 311.

By Friday at noon, Buildings Commissioner James Odo said that the organization had not received many calls about earthquake-related building damage. “From now on, throughout the weekend, we are adding more construction and engineering experts, so if reports do come in, we will be prepared to respond,” he stated.

According to Con Edison President Matt Ketschke, one worry was the possibility of gas leakage. “I urge you to report the gas leak by calling 911 or 1-800-75-CON-ED if you smell gas. He advised against assuming that someone else had reported it.

Janno Lieber, C.E.O. of the Metropolitan Metro Authority, stated that the metro system ran typically following checks. Additionally, according to Schools Chancellor David Banks, no damage was found during the inspection of the schools.

Although Governor Hochul and other authorities had already begun tweeting about the earthquake, reporters at the press conference observed that the NotifyNYC seismic warning “went out about 20 minutes, a little bit more, after the earthquake.” Around forty minutes after the incident, the wireless emergency alert was sent out even later.

Still, Iscol justified the time. Twenty minutes is a reasonable time to aim for a public announcement. To begin with, there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that the U.S.G.S. confirms that this was an earthquake. There are several reasons why structures could tremble. Second, we must ensure that the appropriate guidance is being provided. Twenty minutes is relatively quick for a public announcement.

After the earthquake, several circuits became jammed, raising concerns about telephone service.

The 911 system experienced “an uptick starting at 10:30, and it’s subsided to its normal call volume by 11 a.m.,” according to Police Commissioner Edward Caban. It is currently at its typical call volume.

Deputy Mayor Levy was evasive when asked if there were issues with the 911 system or if cell phone towers were overburdened. Additionally, I wanted to mention an increase in 311 calls. Of course, we are aware that an earthquake occurred. We no longer need it since our teams are on the ground. He then adjourned the press conference.

“Booming Sounds” and Falling Plaster:

Reports of residences trembling, ancient buildings’ plaster breaking off, and “booming” noises from Downtown Brooklyn to Greenpoint and Bay Ridge to Red Hook.

“Experienced it! It first sounded like a big vehicle on the street, and then everything began to tremble. Gosh! A resident of Boerum Hill going by the handle “Snowsostill” posted on a neighborhood message board, “My knees are still shaking.”

“Suddenly, as I’m sitting in my apartment, I feel it tremble,” William Balardelle, a resident of Brooklyn Heights, said. Several volumes suddenly fell from the shelf, and I asked myself, ‘What is this?’ There was movement on the floor. You would never expect an earthquake to occur in New York.

Higher-floor occupants felt a brief terror when their buildings shook and swayed. Joe in Manhattan remarked, “People buggin’,” and requested that his first name be included.

This may have been the first earthquake in the Tri-State area to be live-streamed on Zoom.

Boerum Hill resident Rachel Schnoll said, “I was on a Zoom with folks in Westchester and Manhattan, and we all felt it.”

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