A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has taken place in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northern Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. The quake took place at a very shallow depth of only 10km.
This is an extremely rare event for the east coast, and the fact it took place out in the ocean is serious.
While no Tsunami was predicted or took place, more than twenty million people live along the coast and had a Tsunami taken place, they would have had perhaps 20 minutes notice. How do you move twenty million people to higher ground on 20 minutes notice?
There were no immediate reports of any damage.
The East Coast quake was recorded 136 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, according to the USGS.
There were no immediate reports of shaking or impacts from the tremor in New Jersey. In a Twitter post, one person reported shaking in Lewes, Delaware, around 6:30 p.m.
About a half hour ago an estimated 4.7 magnitude earthquake occurred about 136 miles off the coast of Ocean City .— Shore News Beacon (@shorenewsbeacon) January 16, 2019
This is a developing story and we are gathering the facts now and will present more soon.