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Earthquake Shakes Delaware, Also Felt In Maryland

Earthquake Shakes Delaware, Also Felt In Maryland

FOX 5 viewers have reported feeling the quake in the District, Maryland, including Prince George's County and Montgomery County, and in Virginia, including Prince William County and Fairfax County.

A 5.1-magnitude quake struck in Delaware Thursday afternoon, and there were reports that it was felt in New York City.

It is one of the strongest earthquakes on the East Coast since a magnitude 5.8 natural disaster was centered in Virginia in August 2011.

The United States Geological Survey says the tremor struck along the Delaware Bay near Dover, Delaware.

With a a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale - a strength rarely seen in the eastern US - the quake caused millions of dollars in structural damage to homes, schools and businesses in Virginia.

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People reported feeling Thursday's quake across DE, into the Philadelphia area, and as far away as Long Island, N.Y., according to reports gathered by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

There were no immediate reports of injures.

Workers in Atlantic City reported feeling their offices shake around 4:47 p.m.

This story is developing. That natural disaster caused major government facilities to evacuate, and also caused damage to the Washington Monument.

"My house shook for about seven seconds", said Nancy Burkley, who felt the quake in Westampton Township, New Jersey.


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