Updated Jun 09, 2021; Posted Jun 09, 2021
A 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook the ground in southern Ocean County just inland from the Jersey Shore on Wednesday morning, officials said.
The minor quake occurred less than 2 miles south of Tuckerton, about 3 miles beneath the surface at 7:52 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Light shaking was felt with no damage reported, the USGC said.
While the vast majority of people who reported feeling the earthquake were from the Jersey Shore region, the USGS has a report of the temblor being felt as far away as Syracuse, New York — 254 miles away from the epicenter — and two reports of the quake being felt in Downington, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles away from the epicenter.
The USGS received 59 reports from people in Little Egg Harbor Township, and one each from Hammonton, Toms River and Vineland. Another report came in from Basking Ridge in Somerset County, which is 77 miles away from the epicenter.
The earthquake is the first one reported in New Jersey in more than six months.
The 10-year anniversary of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in central Virginia that shook buildings in New Jersey and other parts of the East Coast in approaching. The Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake is one of the largest recorded in the eastern United States.
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NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.