By Adam Nichols, Patch Staff | Jan 16, 2019 1:21 pm ET | Updated Jan 16, 2019 1:28 pm ET
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles, about 136 miles off the coastline, and happened around 6:30 p.m.
There have been no reports of damage and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had not reported any tsunami activity off the East Coast. According to the USGS website, 78 responses were logged saying the earthquake had been felt.
The Northeast States Emergency Consortium is trying to gather information about how far away the tremors were felt and is asking for people to get in touch if they experienced it.
Did you feel the earthquake? Tell us in the comments!
Earthquakes happen when there is movement below the Earth’s surface on fault lines. They can occur anywhere in the U.S. and usually last less than a minute, according to FEMA.
Most recently in the Mid-Atlantic region, two small earthquakes rumbled the Goochland, Va., area on Nov. 9 2018, the same region where the 5.8 earthquake in August 2011 originated and caused damage the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.
The first 2.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 11:25 a.m. about 23 miles west northwest of Richmond, while a second quake nearby came about 20 minutes later and was recorded as a magnitude 2.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
A quake on Nov. 30, 2017, about 6 miles northeast of Dover, Delaware, rattled NYC. The initial report was for a 4.4-magnitude quake but the USGS later scaled it back to 4.1.
And a 5.8-magnitude quake on August 23, 2011 alarmed millions along the East Coast. “Tens of millions of people all over the East Coast and southeastern Canada suddenly felt the earth shaking from the largest earthquake in that area since the M5.8 earthquake in 1944 near Cornwall and Massena, New York,” the USGS said.
When the Earth stopped shaking, more than 148,000 people reported their experience of the earthquake on the Did You Feel It? website, representing an area occupied by one-third of the U.S. population.
]The 5.8 earthquake was centered near the town of Mineral, Va., about 65 km northwest of Richmond at a depth of about 6-8 km.
With reporting by Deb Belt
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