'Small' Delaware quake felt in tristate area, USGS says

Lucy Bush
December 1, 2017

The 4.1 magnitude quake was reported at 4:48 p.m. 10 KM east northeast of Dover Base Housing in Delaware, USGS confirms. He said his office is reaching out to the National Weather Service and U.S. Geological Survey to find out more information.

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The track, known for its Miles the Monster mascot and its reputation as one of NASCAR's toughest venues, responded to the natural disaster with trademark bravado in a tweet.

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

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People from Baltimore, Boston, New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia felt it. USGS says the quake was shallow - only 5 miles deep which helps amplify its effect.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado, said he didn't expect any significant damage from the small quake, which he described as unusual.

"Aftershocks are a possibility with this quake", said Caruso.

"I felt the whole house nearly like waving", he said.

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Carberry said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change in operations was expected.

The tremors were felt in Atlantic City, where Gino Martinelli, 67, said his house seemed to turn to rubber for about four seconds.

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