4.4-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Dover, Del. - Felt Along East Coast

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A magnitude 4.4 quake struck DE on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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

A small 4.1-magnitude quake, shook DE on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Widespread shaking was felt across much of South Jersey about 4:50 p.m. Thursday, after an natural disaster was reported in Delaware.

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SSgt Aaron Jenne with Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said he and others weren't sure what it was when it happened, but everyone is thankful that it wasn't worse and for it being so close there was no damage.

The station also writes that Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS, says there is potential for aftershocks. "Anyone sustaining serious damage of an emergency nature to a building or home should call their local 911 center to report it".

The most destructive recent quake hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq.

The largest recorded event in DE occurred in 1973 and had an estimated magnitude of 3.8, according to the University of Delaware's geological survey.

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A look at the epicenter of Thursday's natural disaster in Delaware.

Long Island - and New York City - residents on Thursday felt 4.1 quake that shook DE, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Some on Twitter report the quake could be felt in parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, too.

Intensity levels here have reached 3 and above at least 10 times since 1983, when an intensity 5 quake (magnitude 2.9) shook Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood.

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