2.4 magnitude earthquake hits South Jersey; no damage, injuries reported

Some residents of southern New Jersey were shocked to learn a small earthquake struck the region just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

Jun 9, 2021, 1:06 PM

Updated 1,046 days ago

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Some residents of southern New Jersey were shocked to learn a small earthquake struck the region just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2.4 magnitude quake occurred near Tuckerton in Ocean County. Officials say it had a depth of about three miles and light shaking was felt.
Roughly 100 people reported feeling the earthquake, according to officials.
“It’s something that we’re not used to feeling here, so it’s kind of jarring,” says Alex Taylor of Tuckerton. “I thought somebody was doing construction down the road.”
The earthquake is the first one reported in New Jersey in more than six months.
“We were watching [News 12 New Jersey] actually when it happened and we just thought It was thundering at first. And I looked at my father and I said, ‘I don’t know if that’s thunder. I think it’s something a little bit more than that,’” says Carole Neumuller of Little Egg Harbor Township.
Little Egg Harbor Police say that once the reports came in, they checked in with the military to see if anything was going on.
“We engaged with the Air Force because sometimes they have the test range, the bombing range at Warren Grove, which is part of Little Egg Harbor, and we engaged and determined that they had no flights today,” says Chief Richard Buzby Jr.
The epicenter of the quake was in the middle of Tuckerton Bay.
“We didn’t have any ill effects. Really glad about that. No injuries, no damage, no anything of substance,” Buzby says.
Buzby says that residents should always report situations like this to the police.
The USGS also has a website to report earthquakes. Just under 200 responses were reported on Wednesday.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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