Earthquake shakes New York City on Friday

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller
Credit photo: "Manhattan midtown skyline. Buildings in the city shook in a 4.8-magnitude earthquake on Friday. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images"

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook New York City and the surrounding area on Friday morning.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake at around 10:23 a.m., sending a shockwave through the region.

Despite the initial panic, no major damage was immediately reported.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located in Lebanon, New Jersey, some 80 km west of Manhattan.

Nevertheless, its effects were felt in a large number of cities, from Philadelphia to Boston, according to the USGS.

Residents in these areas felt tremors in buildings and an eerie rumbling that reverberated throughout the region.

Following the earthquake, several East Coast airports decided to temporarily halt air traffic for safety reasons.

Authorities took swift action to assess the situation and ensure the well-being of the affected areas.

In response to the seismic event, New York City Mayor Eric Adams was quickly informed of the earthquake’s impact.

A spokesman for the mayor confirmed that there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

However, the situation is being closely monitored to properly assess the extent of the impact, according to the Boston mayor’s spokesperson.

As news of the earthquake spread, social media platforms became the focal point for updates and discussion.

A spokesperson for Mayor Adams took to social media to inform the public of the earthquake and reassure them that the city was actively assessing the situation.

The spokesperson emphasized that, for now, no significant impacts have been reported as a result of the earthquake.

As the situation evolves, it is essential that residents in the affected areas remain informed and follow the instructions of local authorities. The safety and well-being of the community remain paramount at such times, reassured Eric Adam’s office.

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