4.4-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes NYC

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A rare earthquake, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the East Coast and was felt all the way from Washington DC to New York City. Here’s are the details, and New Yorkers reactions to the quake.

Last Thursday an earthquake shook the Northeast coast. News outlets reported the tremor was between 4.1 and 5.1 in magnitude, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quake’s epicenter near Dover, Delaware.

It’s little-known fact than NYC actually sits on three fault lines. Though they are considered inactive, those with a long memory might remember the 2.1 magnitude quake, centering in LIC, that hit in 2001. So who knows when and where the next shake may hit.

There was reportedly no damage here in the city with this quake, and the shaking only lasted around a minute.

Maybe it’s our chutzpah, or maybe living in New York has made us just to damned hard to impress. One thing is for sure, in times of crisis in New York City, New Yorkers band together …and post the wittiest content online. Here are some reactions from the quake:

 …if you are anything like us you’re probably thinking, “what earthquake?” Yeah, you aren’t alone:

In other parts of the city the quake was noticed immediately:

Surveillance footage caught this in NJ:

Not everyone was convinced that there even WAS a quake:

Many looked to social networks for confirmation:

One person was injured… eh… kind of:

Being a neighborly bunch we were clearly worried about our fellow man… ‘s alcohol

And apparently, the ground wasn’t the only thing that moved:

In total, the city’s reaction could be best summed up like this:

 

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