Washington: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 has struck off the coast of Delaware, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), with the tremors said to have been felt from New York City to Washington DC
According to a map from the USGS, the quake, which had its epicentre in Delaware Bay, was felt in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
Paul Caruso is a geophysicist with the USGS’s earthquake information center in Colorado. He said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region. Caruso said he didn’t expect any significant damage, given the small size of the quake.
John Bellini, a geophysicist USGS’s earthquake information center in Colorado, said,“It would mostly be a few items knocked from shelves, cracks in plaster.”
The jolt was strong enough in downtown Baltimore that a smattering of residents streamed out of office towers and into the streets. Husam Albarmawi, a 30-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, rushed out of an apartment tower with his wife when they felt two separate jolts, roughly 20 seconds apart, in their 23rd-storey apartment.
“When we felt it we looked at each other like, ‘Are we losing it?”’ said Albarmawi as they ventured back upstairs after waiting for a few minutes outside. “It was actually pretty scary and pretty surprising.”