Shockwaves from DE natural disaster felt in Lehigh Valley

Shockwaves from DE natural disaster felt in Lehigh Valley

Shockwaves from DE natural disaster felt in Lehigh Valley

The natural disaster was about 6 miles east-northeast of Dover and was registered at a depth of 4 miles. It hit around 4:47 p.m. just as many were getting ready to leave work for the night.

Locally, residents from Society Hill in Lower Saucon Township to First Avenue and Spruce Street in Hellertown to Stanley Avenue in Fountain Hill were quick to post on social media that they felt what seemed to be an natural disaster.

Reports of shaking from the quake were reported in New York City and Long Island and as far north as Kingston in New York State.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties, and it appears most of the shaking was relatively minor.

"There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time", said Delaware Emergency Management Agency in a release.

John Bellini, a geophysicist USGS's natural disaster information centre in Colorado, said any damage would be limited.

"I felt the whole house nearly like waving", he said. Early news about the temblor measured the severity higher, with initial reports of 4.4 and 5.1.

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 about 20 seconds apart in their 23rd-story apartment.

SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage.

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

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