It's a common misconception that the Eastern Seaboard of the United States is shielded from the threat of earthquakes due to the region's distance from tectonic plates.

But that conventional thinking was challenged recently when a magnitude 4.8 tremor rattled New Jersey and New York. It happened on the morning of Fri., April 5, 2024. The USGS says the quake's epicenter was about 45 miles from New York City, where people reported shaking furniture and floors. Rumbling was reportedly felt as far north as Maine and as far south as Virginia. 

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Elana Ashanti Jefferson

Elana Ashanti Jefferson serves as ALM's PropertyCasualty360 Group Chief Editor. She is a veteran journalist and communications professional. Reach her by sending an e-mail to [email protected].