“Small Earthquake Hits Hudson Valley and Northeast NJ: Latest Updates and Reactions”

2023-05-19 12:32:48

NEW YORK — Did you feel it?

A small tremor of magnitude 2.2 shook the lower part of the Hudson Valley and parts of northeast New Jersey early Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake struck about a mile south of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County (about three miles north of Yonkers) at 1:53 a.m. Friday, at a depth of 9.8 kilometers, the USGS said.

The city is just over 16 miles from midtown Manhattan, so some in or very close to New York City may have felt a jolt.

Several took to social media to report a movement that woke them up in the middle of the night, including Natalie Pasquarella from our sister network NBC New Yorkwho felt the tremor at his home in Bergen County.

There were no immediate reports of damage. According to the USGS, tremors below magnitude 3 don’t generally cause much damage, but people could still feel them. Significant damage and casualties do not usually occur until earthquake magnitudes are around 5.5 or higher.

Earthquakes or tremors are fairly rare in the tri-state area, but occasionally weaker ones like the one from early Friday, like another magnitude 2.2 quake that struck west of Lake Mohegan in Westchester County in 2018, and a couple magnitude more. weak of 1.27 and 1.1 of magnitude one in October 2019.

Earlier this year, a magnitude 3.8 temblor struck outside Buffalo, while a magnitude 3.6 tremor struck just south of Watertown in upstate New York.

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