Minor earthquake in New Jersey - Felt in New York City and Philadelphia - September 9, 2020

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Update 07:05 UTC
Some Twitter content from the world of earthquake science:

Observations and measurements confirm what we already saw: The earthquake was felt in a wide area with rather high intensity. Physical reason for this, as said by Mr Lomax: It was a high stress drop event, meaning that relatively much stress was built on the rocks which broke in this earthquake. Might not seem relevant at all, but high stress drop events have some special characteristics. They often occur in old, rigid rock that wasn't significantly fractured before. Means: The fault that ruptured during this quake is relatively young and hasn't been active for quite a while. High stress drop events also make it unlikely that we will see any significant (felt) aftershocks, because all of the stress should have already been released during the mainshock.

Update 06:33 UTC
Some examples of felt reports we have received so far, describing the earthquake effects at different places:

  • East Brunswick - Woke me and my family up from our sleep at 2:00 am, shaking/vibrations lasted about 7-12 seconds. Heard stuff shaking. No property damage known as of right now.
  • Holmdel - It lasted a few seconds. I felt vibrations under my feet while standing outside and heard what I first thought was a low rumble. No property damage.
  • Old Bridge - It was about 8 seconds. I wasn't sure it was an earthquake. It felt like it could be an explosion somewhere in the building. I stepped outside to see if any neighbors felt it, but no one was up.
  • Sayreville - I was up at this hour, felt rumbling and house shook...are they digging tunnel underground??? Reply ER: No, they don't! This was a natural earthquake and there is no secret underground tunnel digging ongoing, otherwise it would be easy to detect it with seismic sensors, where all data are open to access for everyone. Impossible to hide anything!
  • Monroe Twp - The house shook very briefly, we thought a large tree might’ve fallen in our backyard but realized it was an earthquake
  • Hazlet - It seems like maybe 10 seconds and was about 2 am. No damage and heard rumbling and felt shaking. I was up so it did not wake me up. My daughter was also up.
  • Philadelphia - It lasted about 10 seconds. My bedroom door started shaking and woke me up.

You can find more felt reports below the article. Thank you to all people who share their experience with us!

Original article:

A Magnitude 3.1, centered near Freehold, New Jersey, shook parts of the New York City and Philadelphia area on Wednesday morning. The quake was felt weakly in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and southern and western parts of NYC. Due to the rather large felt area and high intensity, which is typical for East Coast quakes, this event was felt stronger and wider than other quakes of the same size, for example in California. However, no damage from this quake is expected but minor aftershocks around Magnitude 2 are possible. These could affect places within 10 km of the epicenter.

The depth of the quake, currently given as 5 km by USGS, has not been manually located yet. So the quake parameters might change as soon as more manual data revision has been done.

Although New York City and nearby areas rarely feel any earthquake, the states on the East Coast including NY and NJ have experience several small and even large quakes in the past, resulting from very old fault lines that strike across the area. Small quakes like today are a good reminder that even larger damaging quakes happen now and then, although they can't tell us anything about the time of future events.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-09-09 06:00:13

Depth (Hypocenter) : 5 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS New Jersey Sep 09 06:00 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Old bridge - Strong shaking
  • Holmdel - Light shaking
  • East Windsor - 4 seconds of shaking. Woke me up!
  • Freehold - Light shaking
  • Manalapan - 3 seconds
  • Old Bridge - The entire building shook for about 5 seconds
  • Freehold,nj - Very strong shaking
  • Middletown, NJ - Light shaking
  • Monroe Twp - The house shook very briefly, we thought a large tree might’ve fallen in our backyard but realized it was an earthquake
  • marlboro - lasted like 5 seconds, no damage
  • Morganville - Lasted about 5 seconds
  • Colts neck - At 2:00:20 am a loud rumble and shaking lasted approximately 8-10 seconds. We caught it on our security cameras.
  • Morganville - Moderate shaking
  • East Brunswick - Moderate shaking
  • Old bridge/ marlboro - Strong shaking
  • New jersey - Strong shaking
  • Manalapan - Light shaking
  • Hazlet - It seems like maybe 10 seconds and was about 2 am. No damage and heard rumbling and felt shaking. I was up so it did not wake me up. My daughter was also up.
  • Woodmere - Maybe 3 seconds of light shaking
  • Lincroft NJ - Moderate shaking
  • Freehold Boro - Woken at exactly 2am, whole family, by what felt like a truck
  • Milltown - 2 or 3 seconds of rumbling as if a large truck wad going by
  • Union beach - low rumble and shaking for a few seconds
  • Manalapan N.J. - Moderate shaking
  • Yardville - 5 seconds. House shook. No visible damage
  • Monroe Township - Heard rumbling sound about 2AM
  • Holmdel - Lasted like 5 seconds. Shook the house and was loud. Woke us up.
  • Freehold, NJ - Light shaking
  • South Plainfield Nj - Light shaking
  • Philadelphia - It lasted about 10 seconds. My bedroom door started shaking and woke me up.
  • Marlboro - 5-10 seconds my bed was shaking very strong, woke me up. Heard loud boom, it felt like tree fell on the house.
  • Manalapan - Shaking lasted 3-4 seconds. Woke up from sleeping.
  • New jersey - 3-5 seconds
  • Matawan - Woke up to a shaking of the house, like a train was outside front door.
  • Old Bridge - Strong shaking
  • Brooklyn Ny - Light shaking
  • Marlboro - Entire house shook for 5 to 10 seconds. Neighbors felt it as well. No damage, but alarming.
  • Monroe Township - Felt and heard like an explosion nearby for 10 seconds at 2 AM
  • Old Bridge - Moderate shaking
  • PARLIN - Weak shaking
  • Bensalem - I was lying on the bed around 2 am right after I fed my newborn I felt the strong shaking I knew it was an earthquake right away because I experience it in my country of origins. I will say it lasted about 7 second
  • Freehold Township - I was in the basement. At first, I thought a lightning bolt had struck directly next to my house. The shockwave lasted much longer than a lightning strike, so my first assumption was that a nuclear explosion occurred in NYC. The first wave lasted about 3 seconds, the second (slightly weaker shockwave) lasted about 5 seconds and the third (weakest wave) was approximately another 5 seconds. It faded, so I swept the interior of my house. There was no apparent damage, and, to my surprise, no rain.
  • Marlboro - 5- 10 sec, felt like something hit the house or large tree fell nearby
  • Freehold - Lasted seconds but strong shaking
  • Manalapan - 2 seconds
  • Manalapan - Heard rumbling and the house shook. My bed shook. It woke me up out of a dead sleep
  • Middletown - I heard this loud noise and significant shaking for about 5 seconds. I was like what was that. Then realized was smaller earthquake somewhere nearby.
  • Morganvilel NJ - Entire house shook in Marlboro. I thought the a tree fell on the roof of someone tried to blow up the house. Lasted a few seconds
  • Morganville - Moderate shaking
  • Holmdel - Heard a rumble and house was lightly shaking for a few seconds
  • Staten Island - It felt like their was a train outside.
  • Spotswood - Home shook was very quick
  • Marlboro - Was in a good sleep, woke up to a rumbling that was getting louder than my house started to shake for about 3-4 seconds.
  • Freehold - Bed shook in freehold N.J. for a few seconds.
  • New Jersey - Lasted about 5 secs. No property damage
  • New York - Light shaking
  • Marlboro - Moderate shaking
  • Queens - Very weak shaking
  • Brooklyn Bayridge - 2 seconds
  • Staten Island - Whole house shook for 3 seconds. No property damage.
  • Monroe Township - House shook and rumbling noise for at least 10 seconds
  • Monmouth Junction - Light shaking
  • Old Bridge Township - Felt the shaking and it woke up 3 of the 5 people in my home. Less noise than usually accompanies earthquakes. Quiter than the one I heard as a kid and not as much shaking as the one I experienced in Maryland. Def something to remember
  • Staten Island, ny - Light shaking for a few seconds, creeking sound in furniture. Woke me up
  • Perth Amboy - I felt shaking for about 7 seconds, no property damage.
  • Highland Park NJ - That was so weird . Woke up to shaking . Thought it was my dog at first
  • Holmdel, NJ - Moderate shaking woke me up
  • Upper Freehold Township - I don’t think there is any damage but then again I’m not 100% sure.
  • middletown - It sounded exactly like my subwoofer during the beginning of Independence Day.
  • Old bridge - Lasted about 10 seconds. Woke me up. My bed was shaking. Heard noise too. Thought maybe a tree fell or a car hit a building!
  • Old bridge - Very strong shaking
  • Lincroft - Long, strong and loud rumble and shaking. It lasted for about 10 seconds.
  • Lincroft - Strong shaking and loud roaring and it lasted for 8 to 10 seconds
  • Highlands, New Jersey - I felt the building shake and it sounded like a large truck was passing, but there was no truck. It lasted about ten seconds. I knew right away that it was an earthquake. It’s the third one I’ve felt in this region. I’m aware that they don’t tend to exceed 4.0
  • Sayreville - about 8-10 seconds, no damage
  • Jamesburg - 5-8 seconds of a vibration almost like a truck or train passing. I was woken up from my sleep from the earthquake.
  • Englishtown - Several seconds. Building shook. Woke me up at 2am. No damage
  • Middletown, NJ - Approx 10 seconds of shaking and rumbling. Woke us straight out of bed.
  • Brooklyn , NY - Weak shaking
  • Spotswood - We were awakened by it. Pretty neat!
  • Roebling - Right about 2:00 AM felt house swaying. Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Manalapan - Felt like an explosion 💥!
  • Spotswood - lasted about 10 seconds. Lots of rattling and rumbling. Woke most of my house.
  • Aberdeen Township - Around 2 am I woke up and felt my bed and house shakes for a second. It made a cracking sound when it happened as something have feel on the floor or around me.
  • Lincroft - I was sleeping then I woke up and I thought a huge truck was passing my house and now I’m shaking from that and it ruined my sleep
  • South Brunswick Twp. - My daughter woke us up at 2:03am and said the whole house just shook and she thought someone had hit the house. She said her door even shook in her room. We began checking the house and was told by my sister living in the house downstairs that she felt it also - it was like a tree fell and the entire house shook. Within minutes we found out there was an earthquake.
  • Manalapan, NJ - 6-7 seconds. Loud and rough.
  • Old bridge - Strong shaking
  • North Middletown - Entire house shaking 3 seconds loud noise
  • East Windsor - Light shaking
  • Middlesex - Weird experience feeling my entire house shake. I was sitting at my kitchen table and all of a sudden I heard things rattling by my cabinet and then my whole house shook for a good 10 seconds atleast. Yet to determine if there is any damage because this happened at 2 AM.
  • Lincroft - Woke up the entire family at 2am. Felt strong shaking and loud rumbling noises. Worst I ever felt in Jersey...
  • Lincroft - Woke me up from a dead sleep, thought it was a big truck passing by heard roaring and the whole house shook.
  • Woodbridge - Heard door rattling as well as pots in kitchen
  • Hamilton - Lasted about five seconds. My bedroom floor was vibrating . Heard rumbling noise
  • Jenkintown - Like a very heavy truck padded by on the road. Lasted 15 seconds.
  • NJ - vibration felt in house for about 4-5 seconds.
  • East brunswick - Heard rumble 2-3 seconds Very noticeable Much Longer duration & sound then very strong strong lightning House vibrated
  • Hamilton. Mercer County - Only lasted a few seconds. No damage.
  • OLD BRIDGE - We felt it the hse shook.and we felt like rumbling under the ground then loud bang
  • Robbinsville - Lasted about 4 seconds. Felt like our kitchen sliding glass door was being pulled apart by a giant can opener.
  • Old Bridge , NJ - felt shaking for a good 10 seconds, furniture was shaking, heard a boom as well that prefaced the shaking
  • Rockaway Park - At about 1:57 am on September 9th. My entire house shook. I thought for sure it was an earthquake. We looked outside to see if anything was going on but everyone is sleeping. Thankfully no damage
  • South amboy - Light shaking
  • Morganville - Felt it hard, all woke up with noise and shake afraid, no damage so far
  • Old Bridge, NJ - Heard loud rumbling sound and some windows rattling.
  • Brooklyn, Ny - 3 sec
  • South River - Awake. Sitting on bed upstairs, watching Dexter. Heard a noise. Thought something fell. Then felt the floor vibrate for 2-3 seconds. Thought the president started something
  • Hamilton Square - Roughly 10 seconds, are dog was whining 10 minutes up to when it occurred.
  • Lincroft - i was just watching some baseball… and then my house started shaking and i heard a long, loud rumble.
  • Hazlet - Was feeding my newborn when the earthquake occurred; was concerned something had hit the house, causing the vibration and rumble. It lasted only seconds and did not notice any damage.
  • Philadelphia - At 2 am I heard a rumbling noise all throughout my house and my door began to make noise. I also felt shaking while laying on my bed.
  • East Windsor - Light shaking
  • Manalapan - Weak shaking
  • Manalapan - Woke my whole house up. Bed shook and lasted about 6-8 seconds. No damage to property.
  • New Brunswick - Shaking lasted for about five seconds. Shook the house pretty good. Heard low, distant rumbling. Thought is was an explosion at first, then realized it was an earthquake.
  • Freehold - loud rumble, then 10 seconds of shaking
  • Brooklyn - heard low rumble then soft shaking lasting 5-10 secs
  • Helmetta - The entire building shook. Chandelier swung, loud rumbling lie a thunderstorm, walls trembling. I could see the pictures shaking on the wall
  • Howell - Heard glass shatter. Around 11-11:30. Didn’t find any shattered glass. But was woken up from a deep sleep. Didn’t feel shaking but heard a lot of noise. Haven’t looked for any further damage to exterior of the home
  • New york - My house started shaking! It lasted about 5 seconds and ran outside to see what was going on!!
  • Brooklyn NY - Shaking and rumbling noise for a few seconds.
  • East Brunswick - Felt it for about 5-7 seconds around 2:05am in NJ. My whole house shook. Ran outside to see if it was an explosion or something.
  • Millstone Township - Strong shaking
  • Holmdel - Was in my garage, on concrete slab. Only felt it a little, but I could hear a rumbling sound, like something large had hit the ground for 5-10 seconds
  • Brooklyn - I was still awake when suddenly there was a rumbling sound and felt the building shake around 2:00 am.
  • marlboro - no damage. shook about 5 seconds but I thought a plane crashed outside
  • Staten Island - Strong shaking
  • Sayreville - Lasted few seconds. Felt house shake and rattling noises. Louder noises outside
  • Hamilton - I was falling asleep and felt the bed start to shake, looked up and saw the tv on the dresser shaking. Took me a second to realize what was happening and lasted less than 10 seconds. No damage to property.
  • East Brunswick - Strong shaking
  • South River, NJ - Light shaking
  • Jackson - I thought a big truck drove by and shook the whole house, until I saw NJ earthquake was trending on Twitter.It lasted only a few seconds.
  • Hightstown - about 4 seconds plus I heard a rumble with the tremble
  • Marboro - I felt my bed was shaking and worked me up. It lasted for about 5 seconds.
  • Kendall Park, NJ - I was lying in bed when I heard a rumble, while I was wondering if it might have been a truck or something, my son came and asked me if I felt the earthquake. He had felt his desk shake under his hands and he had heard the rumbling as well. We didn’t see anything move and there wasn’t any damage.
  • Freehold - It lasted about 10 seconds. Based on the sound and sensation I thought a high-powered jet was flying by at low altitude. The entire house shook.
  • Parlin - The shaking lasted 4 seconds, our apartment complex is ok.
  • PORT MONMOUTH - Home shaking and rumbling sound. Lasted a few seconds around 2:02 AM.
  • Hamilton, Nj - woke me up from a dead sleep at 2am lasted about 7-10 seconds felt like a helicopter was over my house a lot of shaking but no damage
  • Brooklyn - Lasted about 5-6 seconds, felt some rumble. Never experienced an earthquake before so it kinda shocked me. Felt like moments on a roller coaster. Thought it was some big truck on the street it felt way too abnormal to be one.
  • Perrineville - I woken up at 2:00 am. My bed shook and my house was rumbling.
  • Sayreville - Loud rumble noise and shaking for 10 seconds or so
  • Freehold - Dog woke up barking, so he woke me up. Felt bed shaking. Felt like a large plane flying low overhead. Lasted maybe five seconds. Not sure if there is damage but I don’t see any so far.
  • New york - Strong shaking
  • Marlboro - We were woken up by the shaking and heard a loud boom. Was only a few seconds after we were jolted awake. Not sure how long it was going on before.
  • Matawan NJ - About 5 seconds.... heard and and house shook. Thought it was a jackhammer under my house.
  • Yardley, PA - At around 2am I was awake and both myself and my wife heard pictures rattling on our wall
  • Middletown, NJ - Very short, explosive like shake at exactly 2:00 am. It felt as though something had hit the house, or that something had exploded very nearby. Woke me from a sound sleep. checked media and realized many had felt it far off and then I realized it was an earthquake.
  • Union Beach - Rumble for a few second. No apparent damage.
  • Aberdeen - Woke me up from a sleep, at first I thought it was an explosion somewhere because of the rumbling sound. Similar to a generator starting. Once I woke up it was about 5 seconds long, no damage was done. Just worried me enough to Google what happened.
  • Millstone New Jersey - Woke me right out of my sleep. Shaking seemed to last just a few seconds. Luckily, it seems that there is no damage.
  • Manalapan - No property damage. Whole house shook. My bed shook
  • Morrisville - Dog jumped off bed. Strong shaking, lasted about 5-10 seconds. No damage.
  • Old Bridge - It lasted about 10 seconds. Felt like a freight train was about to plow through the house. Very intense.
  • Freehold - Woke up to a boom and apartment building shaking for a few seconds
  • Lincroft - Didn't shake the house a lot, but it was a fast loud vibration.
  • Old Bridge - Several seconds. Similar to a very close thunder that lasted awhile and rattled the house.
  • Parlin - Felt mild earthquake at 2am est
  • Manalapan - Strong shaking
  • Freehold - Loud noise, house shaking, cats running everywhere in the house!
  • Staten island - Moderate shaking
  • Union Beach - Woke me out of a deep sleep. Rumbling noise house shaking. Was definitely several seconds.
  • Hamilton - Thought something hit the roof, like a really strong wind. Only lasted a few seconds, but went outside to see if anything was around. Sky looked really light. Don't think there was any damage, but will check in the daytime.
  • New Jersey - My family and I heard some sounds that were louder than thunder. The Earthquake lasted somewhere around 5-10 seconds. Our house shaked and my bed as well. No property damage. Approximately started at 2 am.
  • Freehold - Strong shaking
  • Staten island - Light shaking
  • Milltown - felt bad and windows shaking for about 5 seconds
  • Howell New Jersy - Felt shaking in bed on second floor thought it as an explosion with has
  • Matawan - House shaking...heard a roar too. Appears to be no damage
  • Staten Island - Scary
  • Manalapan NJ - Everyone in our house and neighborhood woken up at exactly 2:00AM from shaking that lasted about 5-10 seconds. Haven’t noticed any damages.
  • Jamesburg - 2am for about 5-7 seconds of shaking and rumbling sounded like a rolling wave passing through the house. Strange at first, thought it was a semi tractor trailer passing by but then felt that unforgettable trembling wave.
  • OLD BRIDGE - Felt my bed and house shaking and heard a loud rumbling grinding noise that lasted 10 to 15 seconds.
  • West Windsor. NJ - Felt it in West Windsor
  • Staten Island - I was in bed and felt my whole bed shaking, lasted about 3 seconds
  • New York - Few seconds of light shaking. It felt like a train passed by.
  • East Freehold - Felt like someone pounding feet hard on the floors. Rattled glassware and caused ripples in pool. Sounded like coming from directly below and not from elsewhere. Quiet night heard more faint rumbles first to East and then West 20 minutes later.
  • MORGANVILLE - I was a sleep, i felt very strong shack last 10 second, I called 911 to confirm what I felt they didn't answer, after that they didn't even call me back to check on the caller safety!
  • Brooklyn - home shook for ~7 seconds in a way that made me think I had lost my balance, but it continued and had a loud scraping sound like a train screeching its breaks at the same time as trucks going by
  • Englishtown - Boomed echoed followed by house shaking or swaying left to right lasted 5-8 seconds. Thought it was lightening then looked at date and though “was it a bomb”?😰 Felt like a the worst one that we have seen/felt over the last few years. Scary! Started at 2am.
  • Marlboro - 2 am woke up to my bed shaking and rumbling noise. Maybe 10 s from when I woke up so was probably 15-20s approximately Marley?
  • Lawrence - I was awake but it wouldn’t have woken me out of a sleep if I wasn’t. It felt like heavy footed men were running through my home and up the stairs. My house shook and my husband insisted it was a low flying plane ( we live by jfk) but I knew it had to be an earthquake
  • Marlboro NJ - Woke me from sleeping.
  • Monroe twp NJ 08831 - Light shaking
  • Howell New Jersey - Shaking in bed on second floor felt like explosion beneath house about 2am
  • Colts Neck - Heard and felt a bang then brief shake
  • East Freehold - Whole house was shaking. Loud rumbling sound. Woke me out of a dead sleep. I’ll never forget that. Guess I can check that off my bucket list
  • Sewaren, nj - 5 seconds - was awake reading and felt my chair shaking. Very briefly then heard what sounded like a large truck rattling by.
  • Linden, Nj - Felt some shaking. No property damage.
  • Marlboro - Crazy shaking for 10 seconds
  • Valley stream - Dogs began to bark
  • Matawan - My building and bed were shaking .. woke me from a dead sleep
  • Monroe TWP. NJ - At 2am Sounded like an explosion and house shook/rumbled for like 8 seconds.
  • Edison - About 2 seconds No damage
  • Englishtown - Strong shaking - woke up (2am) to a loud boom followed by shaking/swaying of house. Couldn’t find anything on news or internet until this site posted what happened. Thank you for keeping us informed.
  • Staten Island, NY - At 0200 was laying in bed and heard the wall mirror and items in bedroom shake for a few seconds
  • Brooklyn - Dresser shook for two seconds, startled me cause it was loud, house felt like it dropped a millimeter
  • New York City - 1-2 seconds
  • Manalapan - It was a light shaking that lasted about 3-4 seconds, the big boom sound really scared me!!!
  • Brooklyn - I felt it at 2:01 AM. It shook my whole bed. It felt as if the mattress lifted and shifted from the frame! It happened so quick and fast.It lasted about 1 -2 seconds.
  • Brooklyn - I felt it at 2:01 AM. It shook my whole bed. It felt as if the mattress lifted and shifted from the frame! It happened so quick and fast. About 1-2 seconds
  • East Freehold - I heard a very loud noise like thunder and my whole house shook. I thought a plane crashed nearby.
  • Perth Amboy - I have felt multiple aftershocks of about 5 seconds. Feels like a boat rocking. No property damage. Felt it at 2:52am, 3:00am & 3:15am
  • Brooklyn - I was sitting in the living room of our top floor apt and thought someone was running hard across our roof. Also our wall unit rattled, lasted 2-3 seconds at 2AM on the dot.
  • Brooklyn NY - I felt a boom below me & it shook my bed. I thought my neighbor downstairs fell or something because he’s a very big man lol. Felt like my house dropped a milimeter. Then I seen tweets about an earthquake
  • Old bridge New Jersey - It was around 2 AM and I was watching a movie and then I heard a loud cracking boom, at first I thought it was thunder but it lasted about 10 to 12 seconds and while this was going on my entire house was shaking and the windows rattled. I went outside to see if anybody else heard it or felt it and three of my neighbors were outside wondering the same thing.
  • Millstone Twp - Heard an increasing rumbling noise, then felt like an explosion near by, followed by shaking for about 7 seconds.
  • Staten island - Was 2am, heard loud rumble and bed shook, over in a few seconds
  • East Freehold - Felt like something blew up near by or hit our house. Checked the house inside and out - no damage. Pictures and glassware shook during the event. Pretty scary as I didn't know we were sitting near a fault zone.
  • Brooklyn - Approx 2:00am, didnt really feel it.. BUT HEARD it!! thought a big truck passed in front of my house...Very scary!
  • Staten Island - We felt it in Staten Island as a light shaking/ vibration and heard a rumbling sound. It lasted about approximately 5 seconds. No damages to property.
  • Manalapan - Woke me up from a dead sleep. I thought a nuclear bomb went off. It was very loud and lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Manalapan, NJ - I woke up at 2:00 to the house shaking. I knew it was an earthquake immediately. It lasted 4-6 seconds.
  • Old bridge,NJ - At 2:01 am my wife and I were on the couch in the living room watching tv and out of nowhere we hear a LOUD boom/rumbling and the entire house shook for a good 10-12 seconds no damage that I’m aware of at the moment. Only casualty was a picture frame on the wall, the glass shattered when it fell.
  • Bronx - Shaking for about 3 secs thought to was me imagining things
  • Red Bank - Felt shaking for about 4 seconds, stuff shook on dresser. Heard loud rumble for about 6 to 7 seconds. Got louder as it progressed. No damage inside, will check outside during daylight. Doubt any.
  • Manalapan, NJ - Thought it was beginning of thunder, but when it lasted 7 seconds, I realized earthquake. Thought at first something had crashed on RT 9 it was so loud. House shook.
  • Old bridge - Loud and fast quick shake and roll
  • Keansburg - Heard a loud rumbling and the whole house shook for about 10 seconds
  • Staten Island - Moderate shaking
  • New Jersey - I felt strong shaking that lasted about 10 seconds. No property damage.
  • Lawrenceville - Felt the house shake like a rolling sensation. lasted a few seconds.
  • Marlboro, NJ - Lasted a few seconds. Loud banging and the house shook. No damage.
  • SCARSDALE - Felt the bed vibrating for several seconds.
  • Union Beach - Very little shaking. Not of a loud noise that sounded like a low flying jet and thunder
  • Bordentown - I was sleeping, around 2am I woke up to the house shaking. No damage.
  • New Jersey - Rumble shake that woke me up followed by a bang noise.
  • Staten Island - Rumbling and shaking about 5 seconds .
  • Jackson, NJ - 2am, started with a big boom then shaking and rumbling that lasted for about 15 sec. What else is 2020 throwing our way?
  • Helmetta - Heard a bang and then my house shook ,my dogs went running out of the room scared.
  • Manalapan - Woke me out of bed lasted about 5 seconds
  • Howell - Lasted 5-10 seconds. No damage noticed yet.
  • Old bridge - Was awakened at 2 am. Heard loud long rumble. Thought it was an explosion.
  • Freehold - At 2am we heard a loud boom and then the whole house shook
  • Mount Holly, NJ - Was awoken around 2 am by our home shaking and some decor rattled. Lasted approximately 5-8 seconds.
  • MONROE TWP - Light Shaking no longer than 5 seconds no visible signs of damage.
  • Manalapan - Moderate shaking
  • Freehold - Woken up by the first boom, then there was a second, bigger boom and shaking/rattling for about 5 seconds. I thought something hit my house and it sounded like my roof fell in but there was no damage. I went outside and there were other people saying wtf just happened.
  • East Freehold - Thought the roof and solar panels were falling off the house then I stood up and realized the whole house was shaking crazy no damage as far as I can tell but crazy!!
  • Middletown, NJ - Moderate shaking
  • Freehold borrow - There wasnt much shaking at all it felt like a distant explosion sounding kind of like a dump truck being dropped from the sky.
  • Hazlet - It sounded like a freight train then a Big Bang and a lot of shaking. It shook my whole place very scary
  • Manalapan - Strong shaking
  • Lambertville - Felt/heard very low frequency hum for about 10 seconds.
  • Monroe Township - Boyfriend woke up. Said he hear boom and felt shaking/ heard bedroom door rattling for about 8-10 seconds.
  • Brooklyn, NY - Lying in bed in third floor apartment, felt significant shaking that lasted about 5 seconds. No property damage.
  • Howard Beach, Queens, NY - Was laying in bed and felt a small rumble and my bed frame swayed back and forth twice.
  • Brooklyn - I had just gotten into bed on the 2nd floor just after 2am when I heard a loud thud like something hit my house. I then heard stuff on shelves rattle but it was all really quick lasting 1 or 2 seconds.
  • Brooklyn - Asleep in my bed, 4th floor apartment. The shaking woke me up, but it lasted only a few seconds.
  • Staten Island NY - Felt minor shaking for about 5-10 seconds felt like an explosion not to far away that caused house to shake.
  • Long Island NY - I awoke to a gently shaking of my bed at around 2 a.m. It didn't keep me up, but it did wake me up.
  • Freehold,nj - I woke up at exactly 2am to a loud rumble and strong shaking, i thought something exploded.not sure how long it lasted but it went on for a good amount of time
  • Brooklyn - I was lying in my waterbed on the 3rd floor of my house. Heard a noise, the house shook as if something large had bumped into it. No damage that I've noticed yet.
  • Hamilton - I was awake about 2:00 AM. I felt like my house dropped or settled into the earth for about several seconds. No damage inside.
  • Cranbury, NJ - I was in my room already awake when the shaking started. Everything in my room was rattling and shaking and there was a loud rumbling going on the entire time. Knocked my head against the wall lol cause i’d been leaning on it. Thought it was an explosion or bad accident on the highway a few blocks from my house but there were no fire/rescue calls afterwards so I looked up earthquake.
  • Chesterfield - shaking for about 5-10 seconds. Walls were vibrating.
  • Staten Island - Lasted approximately 3 seconds. Shortly after 2:00am (2:01? 2:02?) there was a loud rumbling sound and the house shook as if a fast moving train was nearby or a very low flying Aircraft overhead. There was no damage but the home and items in it made a rattling sound.
  • Middletown - 4 seconds of shaking at 201 am
  • Cranford - No damage, lasted about 10 seconds. Woke me up around 2am, I thoight some trucks were driving by
  • Langhorne - My bedroom floor, on the third floor of my house, began to rumble as though someone was using a jack hammer underneath my house. It lasted about 8 seconds. I knew it was an earthquake because I had felt one before in this area in 2011.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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