'Felt like a freight train:' Those who felt the NJ earthquake share their experiences

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
Neighbors in New Jersey describe experiencing earthquake
Nina Pineda's neighbor describes feeling the earthquake on Friday morning.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The magnitude 4.8 earthquake that shook the northeast left many people with different stories of varying intensity.

It was the strongest quake centered in the Garden State in more than 250 years.

The moment of the earthquake was captured on video -- including inside a coffee shop where customers hopped out of their seats and on home security camera where pictures frames could be seen falling from the walls.

One video even showed a family dog sensing the quake before everything began to shake.

Some tourists visiting the Big Apple said that they were unsure what they felt at first, but others who were visiting from California were well-seasoned at experiencing earthquakes.

Josh Einiger has more on how the earthquake was felt across New York City.

Near the epicenter in Lebanon, New Jersey, residents described feeling terrified at times, thinking that they were experiencing the effects of an explosion of some kind.

Gino and his son from Lebanon describe the sound of an explosion as the earthquake happened.

Another man said he thought that there might have been a train crash.

Crystal Cranmore reports on the earthquake from Whitehouse Station.

On Long Island, there was a whole lotta shakin' going on. Residents felt the tremors and stood up, wondering if they had just experienced an earthquake.

Chantee Lans also speaks to residents from Babylon that experienced the earthquake.

Some schools kept children indoors for a short time out of an abundance of caution.

But for college students at Rutgers, they found the experience something to mark an exciting morning and a tale to share with their friends.

Toni Yates reports from New Brunswick on the earthquake.

The ground also shook north of the city in Westchester County.

Marcus Solis talks to Westchester residents, who describe what it felt like when Friday's earthquake hit.

Back in New York City, the Department of Buildings reminded residents, "If you see something, say something." Age-old advice, but important in the case of spotting cracks or crumbling facades.

Mayor Eric Adams and other NYC officials provide an update after the area experiences an earthquake.

RELATED: Notable earthquakes felt in the New York City region

Chief Meteorologist Lee Goldberg will cover the eclipse from Syracuse, New York, while meteorologist Brittany Bell will be reporting from Niagara Falls.

Plus we invite you to watch ABC News and National Geographic's "Eclipse Across America" live on April 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on ABC, ABC News Live, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Disney+ and Hulu.


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