Newark homes damaged during earthquake deemed structurally safe, families can return home: Officials

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake rattled New Jersey, New York City, and much of the Northeast on Friday

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
Newark homes deemed structurally safe after damage from NJ earthquake
Marcus Solis is live in Newark with the latest details on the homes damaged in Friday's earthquake.

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Three multifamily homes in New Jersey damaged during Friday's earthquake have been deemed structurally safe on Saturday morning.

According to officials, PSE&G has restored power to the buildings and residents can return to their homes.

The positive update comes as state officials continue to assess the aftermath of the earthquake and its aftershocks.

The city of Newark evacuated 10 families on Friday over concerns of potential structural damage to their homes located near the intersection of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street.

Eyewitness News video shows some roof damage. One of the houses apparently shifted during the earthquake and now leaning on the house next door.

Shortly after the earthquake at 10:23 a.m. on Friday, the city received a 911 call to report structural damage.

When firefighters arrived, they evacuated all three buildings.

A total of 25 people, including 3 children were impacted by the evacuation.

Among those displaced is a 64-year-old woman who is disabled and had to be physically carried out of the house.

"We live on the second floor. So I had to come and ask somebody to help me because I can't get down the stairs by myself," Yvonne Asberry said.

Asberry was sitting in her car waiting in limbo until she heard from the city where to go.

A big concern for some of the families is finding a hotel or a place to go that will accept their pets.

One man has two cats. Another family has a small dog and so they cannot go to a shelter.

Some families have been given a hotel voucher for three nights.

The city was continuing to inspect buildings for any potential damage and power outages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said over 42 million people might have felt the midmorning quake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, centered near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, or about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of New York City and 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

Earthquakes with magnitudes near or above 5 struck near New York City in 1737, 1783 and 1884, the USGS said. And Friday's stirred memories of the Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake that jolted tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada. Centered in Virginia, the 5.8-magnitude quake was the strongest earthquake to hit the East Coast since World War II.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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