Natural disaster shakes DE, tremors felt in Maryland

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake at the Mid Atlantic Ridge on Thursday Nov. 30 2017

An 4.4-magnitude quake centered near Dover, Delaware but could be felt for hundreds of miles along the East Coast.

A magnitude 4.4 quake with its epicenter about 100 miles south of Saucon Valley in central DE was felt Thursday afternoon by some local residents, but not by others.

There were no reports of injuries or damage, officials said.

The extremely rare tremor, which happened at around 4:47 p.m., was felt by some New Jerseyans while barely noticed by others. Keep checking abc7NY for the latest on this developing story.

The Geological Survey's crowd-sourced tracking of the quake shows residents of Washington DC, New York and Baltimore felt the natural disaster, too.

USGS Geophysicist Rafael Abreu said the quake could be felt as far at 275 miles from the epicenter.

"I was talking with the other seismologists and we said, 'Wow, we don't ever remember a quake in DE, '" he said.

John Bellini, a geophysicist USGS's quake information centre in Colorado, said any damage would be limited.

Hundreds of people said they felt it.

People said they felt shaking for about 10 seconds.

The jolt was strong enough in downtown Baltimore that a smattering of residents streamed out of office towers and into the streets.

The quake, previously reported at magnitude 5.1 and then at 4.4, was centred in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday. Officers were sent to check the homes, she said.

If you did, tell us where you were when you did, and how it felt. It caused damage to public buildings, pipes and monuments, most notably the National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.

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