2.6-magnitude aftershock reported in New Jersey weeks after larger earthquake

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
2.6-magnitude aftershock reported in New Jersey, USGS says
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GLADSTONE, New Jersey (WABC) -- The United States Geological Survey reported a 2.6-mangitude aftershock in Gladstone, New Jersey on Wednesday morning.

According to the U.S.G.S., the aftershock was reported around 7:01 a.m.

The most recent aftershock before this one was this past Saturday, also in Gladstone at a magnitude of 2.8.

Similarly, a 2.6-magnitude earthquake was reported in Gladstone on the morning of April 10.

"As soon as I feel it's gonna be an aftershock, the adrenaline shoots through me," Gladstone resident Barbara Howard said.

Wednesday's aftershock comes just weeks after an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 startled millions of people in the New York City area in early April.

The epicenter was near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey -- about 45 miles west of New York City.

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Dr. Samantha Tramontano a geologist with the Natural History Museum in NYC talks about the recent earthquake and aftershocks.

Since then, several more quakes have been felt in the nearby area, and experts say small aftershocks could happen for days or even weeks after the primary event.

James Bourke is a fellow in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at Rutgers University. The bandages seen on his hands and arms are a reflection of the dozens of earthquake detection devices that he's planted.

"Potentially for a location like this that we have 35 so close, might be able to do three-dimensional imaging -- maybe not to the depth of the fault, but certainly things that may have gotten shaken around above it, directly beneath our feet," Bourke said.

Bourke has dozens of them plugged into the ground at Fairview Farm in Gladstone. It's part of the Raritan Headwater Association. The reason for this is because there are high arsenic levels throughout the Piedmont region, and earthquakes can disrupt that, according to Mara Tippett, Executive Director of Raritan Headwater.

The 4.8-magnitude earthquake was the largest in the Tri-State area since 1973.

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