Small Earthquake Rattles New Jersey
Monday, February 22, 2010
Several areas of Somerset County were rattled early Sunday when a minor earthquake hit the region.
No injuries were reported and authorities say the quake apparently didn't cause any damage.
The 2.6 magnitude quake's epicenter was reported in Gladstone at around 9 yesterday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials say the area, which sits on the Ramapo Fault Line, also experienced a 1.5 magnitude earthquake last month.
Bernardsville police Sgt. John Remian says the department heard from dozens of residents who felt the quake, which also rattled police headquarters.
"It felt like the whole room was shaking around us, and a loud explosion afterward," Remian told the Star-Ledger.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer spoke with Won-Young Kim, a senior research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, about the tremor and other fault lines running through the New York area.