Upper West Siders Get Rattled by Earthquake

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was recorded this morning near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, per the United States Geological Survey. According to Google, Whitehouse Station is about 65 miles from the Upper West Side.

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While no damage has currently been reported as a result of the 10:23 a.m. incident, residents from NJ, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware and New York say they felt some movement.

“I was sitting on the couch. The room started to shake and the pictures on the piano fell down,” said one woman who lives in a high-floor apartment in the West 60s near the Hudson River.

At about 11 a.m., we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to chime in. Responses were mixed, but many people (in both high- and low-floor apartments across NYC) said they felt it.

“…wasn’t a great feeling on 39th floor,” wrote one follower.

“A morning bird on my window ac started screeching, and 5 to 10 seconds later. The building started shaking for about 8 seconds on my 9th flr. apt,” another follower recounted.

Dr. Judith Hubbard, a geologist, said this was the largest earthquake to ever hit the area.

Mayor Adams is expected to hold a briefing about the earthquake at noon, which at the very least should be entertaining, given the limited amount of time he’s had to prepare. Adams’ briefing can be streamed here.


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