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An earthquake centered near New York City occurred in Delaware

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Associated Press and Daily State News

NEW YORK – An earthquake struck the densely populated New York City metropolitan area Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Residents reported feeling a rumble in the northeast.

The agency reported a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 centered near Lebanon, New Jersey, about 45 miles west of New York City and 50 miles north of Philadelphia.

The U.S. Geological Survey website posts reports of Delawareans in the northern part of the state and coastal areas feeling earthquakes.

People in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Connecticut and other East Coast areas unaccustomed to earthquakes also reported feeling the ground shake.

The New York Fire Department said there were initially no reports of damage. New York Mayor Eric Adams had been informed of the quake, his spokesman Fabien Levy said, adding: “Although we have no reports of major impacts at this time, we are still assessing the impact.”

In midtown Manhattan, the usual cacophony of traffic grew louder as drivers honked on briefly shaking streets. Some Brooklyn residents heard a booming noise and their building shook. In an apartment building in Manhattan's East Village, a resident from earthquake-prone California calmed nervous neighbors.

The tremors brought back memories of the August 23, 2011 earthquake that shook tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada. With a magnitude of 5.8, it was the strongest earthquake on the East Coast since World War II. The epicenter was in Virginia.

That earthquake left cracks in the Washington Monument, triggered the evacuation of the White House and Capitol and shook New Yorkers three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.