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3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Long Island


A map of the earthquake epicenter (USGS)

A minor earthquake off the coast of Long Island sent tremors through  the East End and western Nassau County on Tuesday morning.

The epicenter was 79 miles south-southeast of Southampton at a depth of more than 4 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean and registered 3.9 on the Richter Scale at 10:45 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 


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“It was a short rumble, a really low rumble,” said Eric Weaver, who felt the quake while in the living room of his Smithtown home.

“That low rumble is very distinctive,” said the 56-year-old unemployed science teacher, who has lived through multiple California quakes. “It was short though, it wasn’t very long.”

Weaver said the rumbling was not strong enough to do any damage to his house.

In June, a Canadian earthquake was felt in parts of Long Island as well.

Southampton Town Police Sgt. Andrew Ficurilli told The Associated Press the police station shook for a few seconds.

He said “two or three” calls came in from town residents wondering what had happened.

With AP.

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