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New York City & Tri-State Area Hit With a 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake

According to CBS, a strong earthquake sent shockwaves throughout New York City and the surrounding area Friday morning. The 4.8 quake was centered near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, 40 miles west of New York City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit at approximately 10:23 a.m. The impact was felt throughout the Tri-State Area, including upstate in Syracuse, as well as in Philadelphia and as far away as Baltimore. Reports of buildings shaking and rattling came in from New Jersey to Long Island. 

USA Today stated, "People reported feeling the shaking as far north as Maine and as far south as Norfolk, Virginia, following the quake, according to USGS. Scientists said those in the affected area should listen to local emergency officials and be prepared to seek cover if aftershocks occur."

Earthquakes are not common in this region of the United States. New York has a fault line that runs into New Jersey and into Quebec and Ontario, Canada. This isn't the first time a natural disaster has made it to the New York area. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy traveled to the NYC area, causing approximately 53 deaths. 

No casualties have been reported from the earthquake at this time. 

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