Still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey is still recovering from its’ aftermath. Many are still without power as well as no home to go to; it will take time for the state to fully recover. As far as how long recovery will take, it will depend on nothing new happening that could further delay efforts; such as bad weather or an earthquake hitting the state. Unfortunately for New Jersey, one has already happened and the other will happen soon as a small earthquake hit Ringwood at 1:19 a.m. Monday.
With all that New Jersey had to deal with last week, they can add an earthquake to their list. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 2.0 trembler hit at 1:19 a.m. and its’ center was two miles south-southeast of Ringwood, New Jersey. The quake was not far from the boarder of New York and the depth was 3.1 miles. Geophysicist Jessica Turner from the National Earthquake Information Center commented that some people heard a loud boom. Turner also said that people on upper floors of a home could have been subjected to objects on walls vibrate or felt shaking.
Being the quake was three miles below ground; it was felt in places such as Paterson, Mahwah, West Milford, Wanaque, Franklin Lakes and Oakland. In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey logged 11 responses from people that said they felt the quake across seven zip codes that stretched from New Jersey to New York. The agency says that any type of earthquake that happens in the eastern U.S. are typically felt over a bigger area than those that occur in the west. Typically, quakes tend to happen more frequently in the western U.S. than in the eastern part. Turner commented that the last earthquake that was recorded in New Jersey happened in February of 2010 which was of a 2.2 magnitude.
Luckily, no new injuries or damages were reported as a result of the small quake. While it was reported Sunday that there was nearly 1 million electric outages around New Jersey, the number dropped Monday to 850,000 as of 11 a.m. Utility officials, however, have warned that despite the decline they were preparing for a new challenge referring to a storm that could hit as early as Wednesday. Ralph LaRossa, the president of Public Service Electric & Gas, said that, “The fact is that we do expect to see some additional rain and wind start Wednesday afternoon,” said Ralph LaRossa, the president of Public Service Electric & Gas. “We also experienced a minor earthquake last night in northern New Jersey…when it rains it certainly does pour.”
Earthquake in New Jersey
A small earthquake hit New Jersey just after 1am on November 5 2012. Local people reported hearing a loud boom as it happen. Loud booms have been happening around New Jersey for a few months now.
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