4.4-magnitude natural disaster strikes in Delaware Bay

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01 December, 2017

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

A small 4.1-magnitude natural disaster, shook DE on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Service said. There have been 76 in the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada since June 1, though a lot of them were under a magnitude of 2, so were basically unnoticeable by humans.

The USGS initially reported the natural disaster as a 4.4 magnitude.

According to Delaware Emergency Management Agency, there are no reports of damages and injuries.

The track, known for its Miles the Monster mascot and its reputation as one of NASCAR's toughest venues, responded to the quake with trademark bravado in a tweet. It was hard to immediately predict if there would be aftershocks, she said.

WUSA9 Meteorologist Howard Bernstein compared the DE quake to one DC felt in August 2011. That quake was felt over much of the eastern seaboard and part of the Midwest.

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The station also writes that Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS, says there is potential for aftershocks.

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.

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

Hundreds of people said they felt it.

"I turned around and one of my co-workers was coming down the hall with the big-eyes look", he said. A magnitude 5.8 quake (Mineral, VA 8/2011) is 50.118 times bigger than a magnitude 4.1 natural disaster, but it is 354.813 times stronger (energy release). It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.


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