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Small earthquake shakes NYC

BY HEATHER MOYER | NEW YORK CITY | October 29, 2001

New York City (NYC) residents already shaken by the terrorist attacks were shaken again early Saturday morning, but this time it was by a small earthquake.

The NYC police department (NYPD) reported no damages or injuries after the 2.6-magnitude quake rattled the city at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses say they were frightened when they felt the ground shaking and heard glass shattering. Many people streamed out of their homes and into the streets after feeling the slight tremors, and the NYPD reported that 911 calls poured in from frightened people.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the epicenter of the quake was 10 miles east of Newark, NJ. NYC is in a fairly active seismic region, according to the National Earthquake Information Center of the USGS, with weak to moderate earthquakes hitting the area frequently. The last significant earthquake in the area was a 4.7 magnitude quake in 1966.


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