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Long Island Earthquake

Long Island Earthquake - A resident on Barberry Lane called the Police Department today after he felt his office shake and saw the lamp on his desk move. The man thought that the tremor might be an earthquake, and he was right.

A minor earthquake, measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale, shook the earth near Long Island Tuesday morning around 10:45 a.m.

The quake was 80 miles off of Long Island causing people from Boston to New York to feel it.

“When we got the call I called (the U.S. Geological Survey) and they said they hadn’t heard anything,” said police dispatcher Todd Nelson. “I went on Twitter and tweeted the report, and saw that people in Fairfield County had felt it as well as others in the area.”

Nelson said that the protocol for handling an earthquake depends on the circumstances of it and it was so unexpected that his first thought was that it was an explosion.

“We don’t get very many (earthquakes) like that here,” said National Earthquake Center geophysicist Don Blakeman. “This one is a little different. It’s off the coast on the edge of the continental shelf.”

No damage was reported from the quake and Blakeman said that it would have to be at least a 4.5 or a 5 on the Richter Scale to cause severe damage.

“After we got the call we let the big players know,” said Lisa DelPeschio, the other dispatcher who took the call. “I thought something was going to happen. It could have turned into something.”

Long Island Earthquake


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