A 3.1 magnitude earthquake struck East Freehold, New Jersey early Wednesday and woke residents using social media to raise the alarm on the rare occurrence, according to a report.
The tremor rocked the area just over a mile southeast of the parish just after 2 a.m., the US Geological Survey said on its Earthquake Hazards Program website, NJ.com reported.
The National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office said on Twitter that the quake was being felt “across much of central New Jersey.”
New Yorkers in Queens and Staten Island also reported the ground shook, according to NJ.com.
“It sounded like a dump truck was being dropped off a few stories, but about four or five blocks away,”
“It rumbled on the floor for about 5 seconds. I could feel my feet on the floor and through the seat of the chair, ”added the resident.
EMSC uses an app called LastQuake to collect witness reports.
“The whole house shook for a few seconds at 2 a.m.,” an East Brunswick resident said, NJ.com reported. “At first I thought it might have been a low-flying plane or a helicopter, but none in the area.”
Another resident wrote: “Everyone woke up, including the dog. I thought a car was going into the garage. “
On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia buildings in New Jersey.
At this point, no major damage was reported in the Garden State, but some buildings have been evacuated.