DE 4.1-magnitude natural disaster rattles Mid-Atlantic region

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- An natural disaster in DE was felt as far north as NY.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published a map showing the quake which was felt in Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and NY.

"It apparently shook up quite a few people".

The quake was first reported with a magnitude of 4.4 and eventually downgraded to a 4.1, which could be felt throughout the capital of DE with reported tremors in Baltimore, Philadelphia and even as far as NY.

"I see reports of what is termed weak or light shaking", she said.

According to the United States Geological Survey the quake occurred at 4:47 p.m. Thursday, roughly seven miles northeast of Dover Air Force Base in the Delaware Bay.

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NEIC geophysicist John Bellini, located at the office in Golden Colo., said the quake originated six miles east/northeast of Dover, Del.

The Delaware quake is a rare seismological occurrence for the U.S. Northeast, officials said, with the temblor's strength equaling the estimated magnitude of an 1871 quake that was believed to be the largest ever in the state.

A 2011 Virginia quake, that measured a much larger magnitude 5.8, was felt from North Carolina to even Canada.

The tremors were felt in Atlantic City, where Gino Martinelli, 67, said his house seemed to turn to rubber for about four seconds. He glanced out the window, he added, thinking the movement may have been caused by a heavy truck trundling down the road with such force that it rattled the pillars of the building. "I actually felt the whole house moving".

Yes, the Earth did shake in Philadelphia this afternoon.