Earthquake: Epicenter in…Delaware?!?

Yes, you read that correctly: an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 occurred yesterday at 4:47:31 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the state of Delaware, with the epicenter located 6.4 miles east-northeast of Dover — and its effects were reportedly felt as far away as Richmond, Norfolk, Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Worcester.

Earthquake: Epicenter in…Delaware?!?

Although earthquakes in the eastern half of the United States are infrequent — especially one whose epicenter is in Delaware, which is extremely rare — “It would not be unusual for a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in eastern or central North America to be felt by a significant percentage of the population in many communities more than 100 km (60 mi) from its source”, according to the United States Geological Survey. “As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting.”


Needless to say, this is not a travel alert. No deaths or injuries were reported as a result; and no Tsunami warnings have been issued. The state of Delaware did not break off and float out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The vibrations of buildings closer to the epicenter and rattling of windows as far away as the District of Columbia appear to be the only “damage.”

I can hear it from the “Pacific Rimmers” now: That ain’t no earthquake. My grumbling stomach when I am hungry has more of a magnitude than that

…but all I have to say in response to that is do not blame me, as it is not my fault.

So — are you well aware of Delaware?

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

One thought on “Earthquake: Epicenter in…Delaware?!?”

  1. Joe C. says:

    I live in northern Delaware and didn’t notice it at all.

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